Rep. Julia Brownley:
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her/him to oppose the tax-cut plan released by House Republicans this morning. The plan slashes tax rates for corporations and the wealthy that Americans believe should be higher, not lower -- and working families will pay the price. Here in California, home buyers will be gouged by the limits Republicans want to place on the mortgage interest deduction, and the cuts to deductions for state and local taxes will harm Californians disproportionately. This supposed "tax reform" plan is a scam for the wealthiest 1%, at the expense of everyday Americans. Thank you!
House Republicans released their tax plan this morning, and it is a disaster for middle-class Californians. The $6 trillion plan cuts the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, from 35 percent; reduces the number of tax brackets for individuals from 7 to 4; ends the alternative minimum tax, which helps ensure that the wealthy can't take too many deductions; and repeals the estate tax in six years.
The plan would explode the federal deficit over the next decade, according to independent analysts. In order to mitigate some of the damage, Republicans plan to pay for their cuts -- which primarily benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans -- by sticking it to the middle class. The Americans who will suffer the most live in states like California, New York and New Jersey, where state and local taxes are already high -- and so are housing prices. The bill calls for:
- capping the mortgage interest deduction for future home purchases at the first $500,000 of a home's value -- a move that would punish home buyers in parts of the country with high housing costs (such as Thousand Oaks, where the median home price is $698,800; Newbury Park, with its median price of $682,000; or Westlake Village, where the median price is $986,300).
- ending the deduction for state income taxes and limiting the deduction for state and local property taxes to $10,000.
- ending deductions for medical expenses or property and casualty losses.