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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Connecticut Delegation Condemns GOP Tax Plan as an Attack on the Connecticut Middle Class

November 6, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) denounced the Republican tax plan that was unveiled last week and is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee this week. 
"This bill is an attack on Connecticut's middle-class. Connecticut is already among the top three donor states, contributing far more in taxes than we get back in federal spending.  This flawed tax plan asks Connecticut’s middle class taxpayers to pay even more in order to subsidize tax cuts for corporations, the wealthy, and taxpayers in other parts of the country. Many Connecticut families will see a tax increase under this plan because it would eliminate vital deductions like the personal exemption, the medical expense deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the property casualty loss deduction, the adoption expenses deduction, and it guts the state and local tax deduction, to name a few. This plan will add $1.5 trillion to our debt, and Republican leaders have already signaled that they will use cuts to vital programs like Medicare and Social Security to make up the difference, which would only add insult to injury for Connecticut residents.  The bottom line is that the Republican tax bill is a direct assault on Connecticut’s middle class and we are urging Republican leadership to stop this devastating plan from moving forward and to engage in an open, bipartisan process so that we can achieve tax reform that works for Connecticut families," said the delegation.