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Stand up to a really awful GOP tax plan

Committee chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, places books on tax law at his seat before a markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill on November 6.
Committee chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, places books on tax law at his seat before a markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill on November 6. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

Republicans in Congress are trying to push through a tax bill that would be detrimental to the families in our community and our local economy (“GOP tax plan offers costly table scraps to the middle class,” Nov. 3).

In order to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations, President Donald Trump and his allies will not only raise taxes on millions of low- and middle-income Americans and increase our deficit, but they plan to cut vital health care, nutrition and education programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, WIC and Head Start to pay for it. These programs boost our economy by creating local job growth, higher wages and increased tax revenue for states since the money gets spent immediately locally.

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We need our elected officials to stand up against this awful tax plan! True tax reform would create policies that boost working families, not Wall Street. Not one penny should go to the 1 percent at the expense of our families’ well-being and our economy’s stability. Working families have nothing to gain from the Trump and Republican tax proposal, and we should all speak up to defeat it.

Al Liebeskind, Columbia

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