House members passed the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377), lifting the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction for two years.
The cap threatens states’ and local communities’ ability to adequately fund public education and other essential public services, robbing students of the opportunities they deserve for a well-rounded education.
The legislation also quadrupled the annual educator tax deduction from $250 to $1000, acknowledging the tremendous sacrifice educators make when they spend their own money on classroom supplies for students in need. According to a U.S. Department of Education survey, approximately 94 percent of educators spent an average of $500 on school supplies in 2014-2015; nearly 1 out of 10 spent $1,000, and many NEA members make even larger expenditures for their students.