by Félix Pérez
Senate and House Republican tax writers signed off on a bill this afternoon, setting up a final vote early next week on rammed-through legislation that analysts agree provides massive tax cuts to the wealthiest and corporations while putting extra burdens on students, educators and working families.
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“The potential $250 billion in cuts to classrooms and 250,000 educator jobs in jeopardy? They’re still at risk.,” said Marc Egan, director of government relations for the National Education Association. “The foundation of this dangerous plan harms students and working families to pay for a massive giveaway to corporations and the wealthy.”
Egan emphasized the need for every single person to call their members of Congress:
Call your Members of Congress right away, and demand they vote no on the tax plan. If you’ve already called, call again . . . and then ask your friends to call too. We must focus all of our energy right now on making sure our elected officials know how bad this bill will be. Any tax plan that gets through cannot be passed on the backs of our students, families and communities.
In addition to making nominal tax cuts for middle class individuals effective until 2025 but making corporate tax cuts permanent, the tax plan is full of provisions that tilt overwhelmingly toward corporations and the wealthy. The $1.5 trillion plan:
- Threatens cuts of up to $250 billion to state and local funding for public schools
- Puts 250,000 educator jobs at risk, and
- Causes 13 million people to lose their health insurance and premiums to spike because it partially repeals the Affordable Care Act.
An analysis of the Joint Committee on Taxation report shows that the bill is overwhelmingly skewed to the wealthy. Under the Senate GOP plan, 82 million middle-class households will see a tax increase by 2027 and Americans in the lowest income brackets will be worse off next year.
Call your members of Congress now. Tell them to vote no on the disastrous tax bill.
Lily Eskelsen García, a Utah elementary school teacher and president of the National Education Association, said:
It is outrageous to hand massive tax giveaways for the wealthy and corporate special interests paid for by students and working families. This is a terrible bill for the American people and we need more courage from members of Congress to stop this runaway train.