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Daily Action: Support CA's Sabotage of the #TrumpTaxScam

Sen. Henry Stern:

(916) 651-4027 (Sacramento)
(818) 876-3352
(805) 815-3917 (Calabasas)
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
(916) 651-4019 (Sacramento)
(805) 965-0862 (Santa Barbara)
(805) 988-1940 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin: 
(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
(805) 482-1904 (Camarillo)
(805) 483-4488 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Richard Bloom:
(916) 319-2050 (Sacramento)
(310) 450-0041 (Santa Monica)
Assemblymember Dante Acosta:
(916) 319-2038 (Sacramento)
(661) 286-1565 (Santa Clarita)

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator/Assemblyperson ___________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her/him to support SB 227, the Protect California Taxpayers Act. Senator De León's plan will defend millions of California taxpayers from President Trump and the Republican Congress. We need this bill to offset their new tax law, which was designed to punish us for living in a state where residents want the government to work and we're willing to pay for it. Thank you!

More than 6 million Californians itemize their federal income taxes -- and in 2015 (the last year for which stats are available), their average deduction for payments of State and Local Taxes (SALT) was $18,438. Under the #TrumpTaxScam passed last month, SALT deductions are limited to $10,000 total -- meaning that homeowners here (and in other high-tax, high-housing-cost blue states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) will see large tax increases. That is by design -- Republicans specifically sought to fund their tax cuts for billionaires by punishing middle-class homeowners states that vote for Democrats. They're also hoping to create a climate in which blue-state taxpayers might demand that their state governments tax them less, and do less.

On Thursday, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León introduced SB 227, which seeks to offset these changes by allowing Californians, if their state taxes exceed the $10,000 cap, to claim the rest as a charitable contribution to a state "Excellence Fund." (There's no federal limit to tax deductions for charitable contributions.) The state government would treat the "contribution" as a state income tax payment, and the money would go into the general fund for regular government programs.

Already, 21 states have programs that offer tax credits for donations to specific causes. A number of red-state governments offer credits to taxpayers who direct their tax dollars into funding for private-school voucher programs. Meanwhile, California already offers a 50% tax credit for donations to the Cal Grant college scholarship fund, and gives a 55% credit to owners of private property who grant easements to a land conservancy. (De León-sponsored bills created both those programs.)