Chelsea IrizarryNov 15, 2017, 8:35 pmNov 15, 2017, 9:44 pm

Proposed tax bill could ‘betray New York’s middle-class families’

If passed, reduction in tax brackets to emerge


MASSAPEQUA PARK -- After months of President Donald Trump urging Republicans to pass tax legislation, House Republicans plan to vote as soon as Friday on their tax bill. If passed, the bill would reduce the number of tax brackets while also repealing state and local tax deductions, which is said to hurt many Long Islanders.

The bill sparked outrage from some community leaders.

Outside of Congressman Peter King’s office, who is said to oppose tax reform, a rally was held in Massapequa Park on Wednesday to call on all New York congressmen to oppose the House tax bill. Rally participants delivered a report card, showing that they give the tax plan an “F” because it fails to protect the middle class from tax increases.

The issue comes as New York Republican lawmakers attempt to take a stand and save the deduction for state and local taxes, trying to comprise with GOP leaders. So far, their efforts have been unsuccessful.

In a statement released Wednesday, Congressman Tom Suozzi urged New Yorkers to stop giving money to the national Republican Party, or anyone who supports eliminating salt, the act of repealing state-local tax deductions. He continued, saying in part, “Anyone that supports getting rid of the state and local tax deduction does not have the true interests of New York at heart and should not be rewarded for their betrayal of New York’s middle-class families.”

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