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Senate tax plan gives big tax breaks for the rich paid for by students and working families

Funding for 370,000 education jobs at risk if Senate eliminates state and local tax deduction


WASHINGTON - November 17, 2017 -

As part of its massive tax plan giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, along party lines, approved a multi-trillion bill tax bill that gives tax breaks to the wealthiest and corporations paid for by working families and students. The bill also could jeopardize the ability of states and local communities to adequately-fund public education. To add insult to injury, the bill now includes a partial repeal of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 13 million Americans uninsured and result in drastic spikes in insurance premiums.

The Senate tax bill fully eliminates the state and local tax deductions, which could blow a hole in state and local revenue to support public education to the tune of $370 billion over ten years, potentially putting at risk funding for 370,000 education jobs according to a detailed analysis by the National Education Association.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“Like its counterpart in the House of Representatives, hypocrisy is at the heart of the tax plan approved today by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. It reveals the ill-conceived and misguided priorities of Republican leaders in Washington. Their plan takes from working families and students to pay for tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy: it eliminates the state and local deductions for people but keeps it for corporations. It leaves 13 million Americans without health insurance while cutting tax rates for corporations and boosting the incomes of wealthier people.

“It is irresponsible to put funding for 370,000 education jobs at risk. It is outrageous to give massive tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations paid for by students and working families. This is not normal. This is a terrible bill for the American people and Congress should soundly reject it.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org