NHDP Statement: Koch-funded Josiah Bartlett Center, NHGOP attack middle class tax deduction
Concord, N.H. - Last week, the Koch Brothers-funded Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy launched an out-of-touch attack on a middle class tax deduction that benefits hard-working New Hampshire families. They were echoed by the New Hampshire Republican Party, which has been actively pushing Donald Trump's reckless plan that would cut taxes for corporate special interests and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of hard-working families. According to IRS data, more than 200,000 New Hampshire filers claimed the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction, with 86% of these filers earning less than $200,000 a year. A report from the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) found that the Republican tax plan would raise taxes on about 114,000 New Hampshire households next year. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan are fighting to protect hard-earned taxpayer dollars by voting to keep a deduction that more than 200,000 New Hampshire households benefit from. Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers-funded Josiah Bartlett Center and New Hampshire Republican Party are pushing to eliminate that savings for working families in New Hampshire. Governor Sununu firmly backed the Republican tax plan that would eliminate the same deduction and would actually raise taxes on roughly 114,000 Granite Staters next year. While Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan are fighting for New Hampshire, Sununu and Republicans across the country are fighting for the corporate special interests they owe a political favor."