December 04, 2017

Harris, Senate Democrats Urge House Colleagues to Reject GOP Tax Bill

Proposal Would Double Tax Americans’ Income and Raise Taxes on California, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey Residents

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a letter with Senate colleagues from California, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey, urging the 29 House Republicans who represent these states to oppose the Republican tax bill in light of a study finding that residents of these four states would pay higher taxes under the plan. Harris was joined in this letter by Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.), Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cardin (D-Md.), Schumer (D-N.Y.), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Menendez (D-N.J.), and Booker (D-N.J.).

The Senators wrote, “As members of the congressional delegations for California, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey, we are writing to urge you not to support tax legislation that raises taxes on our constituents to finance tax cuts for multinational corporations.”

Slashing the deduction for state and local taxes means that hard working families get double taxed on their income, and results in higher taxes for many constituents throughout these states. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, in 2027 alone, California residents would face a $12.1 billion tax hike, New York residents would face a $4.0 billion tax hike, Maryland residents would face a $430 million tax hike, and New Jersey residents would face a $137 million tax hike.

The Senators added, “Congress cannot force these partisan tax increases on our constituents without your support. There are 29 Republican Members of Congress representing our four states, but none in the Senate. If the final tax legislation raises taxes on our states, our last chance to stop it will be when it comes back to the House of Representatives for a vote. If you join your Democratic and Republican colleagues and vote against the bill, we can stop this tax increase and work together towards our shared goal of real bipartisan tax reform that is fair to everyone.”

The full text is here and below.

Dear Colleagues,

As members of the congressional delegations for California, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey, we are writing to urge you not to support tax legislation that raises taxes on our constituents to finance tax cuts for multinational corporations.

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1. This tax legislation would raise the overall tax bill for residents of our states, according to analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.[1] In 2027 alone, California residents would face a $12.1 billion tax hike, New York residents would face a $4.0 billion tax hike, Maryland residents would face a $430 million tax hike, and New Jersey residents would face a $137 million tax hike.

President Trump tweeted that these tax cuts would be “the biggest in the history of our country!” Maybe that is true for multinational corporations, and the wealthy foreign shareholders who own 35% of U.S. corporate stock, but it is not true for the residents of our states who will pay higher taxes under this plan.

Slashing the deduction for state and local taxes is the key reason for these tax increases on our constituents. Under H.R. 1, individuals lose their deductions for income or sales taxes paid to state and local governments, and cannot deduct more than $10,000 in property taxes. Meanwhile, corporations would still get to deduct their state and local taxes. As the analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy makes painfully clear, this so-called compromise fails our constituents.

The House bill places a totally unacceptable tax burden on our middle class constituents, and the Senate bill is no better. Congress cannot force these partisan tax increases on our constituents without your support. There are 29 Republican Members of Congress representing our four states, but none in the Senate. If the final tax legislation raises taxes on our states, our last chance to stop it will be when it comes back to the House of Representatives for a vote. If you join your Democratic and Republican colleagues and vote against the bill, we can stop this tax increase and work together towards our shared goal of real bipartisan tax reform that is fair to everyone.

We urge you to stand up for our constituents and oppose tax hikes that target our states.

Sincerely, 

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