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Speaker Ryan dismisses ruse by high-tax state Democrats to treat taxes like charity contributions

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In a free-wheeling interview on C-SPAN, Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.) debuting Friday, the Wisconsin Republican said he did not treat seriously the attempts by Democrats in high-tax states, such as New York, New Jersey and California, to reclassify state and local taxes as charitable contributions.

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, signed by President Donald J.Trump signed Dec. 22 after 275 amendment proposed and 29 separate roll call votes in the House and Senate capped the amount of state and local taxes that a tax filer is allowed to deduct from their federal taxable income at $10,000.

“I don’t think that will work anyway,” said Ryan, who was briefly the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the panel with jurisdiction over the tax code, before taking the gavel Oct. 29, 2015.

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“That’s just not going to work,” he said. “I can’t imagine the Treasury and IRS are going to even let that happen.”

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The speaker said he had no plans for a legislative retort to the efforts in high-tax states.

Watch this excerpt from the Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.) with C-SPAN:

New Jersey Democrat Rep. Joshua S. Gottheimer, a former speechwriter for President William J. Clinton, has proposed that wealthy Garden State residents be allowed to voluntarily make the contributions that would be tax-deductible.

New Jersey Gov. Phillip D. Murphy has proposed his own similar scheme.

In California, state and local taxes would be treated as contributions to the California Excellence Fund.

Although Trump is knocked for his superlatives, in this bill, he did outdo President Ronald W. Reagan in regards to the deductibility of state and local taxes. In Reagan’s massive 1986 tax reform bill, he and Capitol Hill conservatives tried to eliminate the deduction altogether, but it was saved by the valiant efforts of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.

For conservatives, the problem with the SALT deductions is how they shift the burden of taxes in high-tax states to the U.S. Treasury and in effect have Americans in low-states subsidizing that burden in those high-tax states.

Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming have no state income tax at all.

Of the top 10 states with tax filers claiming the highest SALT deductions–all 10 voted for Hillary R. Clinton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check

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Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.

Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.

The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.

The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

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Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”

Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.

Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in  a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.

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