Granite Staters Say "No Thanks!" to GOP Tax Bill

IMG_20171121_110208901_HDR.jpgJust two days before Thanksgiving, Rights & Democracy NH and the Granite State Organizing Project delivered pies to top New Hampshire officials in protest of the recently passed House bill that will give wealthy donors huge tax breaks while raising the taxes and health care premiums of the middle class.

Corporate tax giveaways will give high-income households and CEOs a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving, but not average taxpayers in New Hampshire.

The Tax Policy Center estimates that by 2027 these corporate tax cuts would provide a $14,890 tax break for households with incomes over $1 million and $94,540 for households in the top 0.1 percent (those with incomes over $3.1 million in 2017).

In New Hampshire, nearly 80 percent of Granite Staters will pay MORE in taxes by the year 2027 under the current proposal.

These edible pies were accompanied by pie charts that show how 75 percent of the tax cuts will benefit the wealthy and corporations, while only 25 percent will go to the rest of us.

Fresh-baked pies were delivered to the Congressional Offices of Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, as well as the Senate offices of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sen. Maggie Hassan to thank them for the previous votes to preserve health care coverage and to encourage them to vote against the Senate tax reform bill.

An additional pie was dropped off at Gov. Chris Sununu's office to point out how this latest bill will disproportionately give more of the pie to the wealthy while causing cuts to Medicaid and Medicare that will hurt the people of New Hampshire.

"Congress will stop at nothing to deliver huge tax giveaways to big corporations and the very wealthy – including making massive cuts to critical health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare. After spending months failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take health care away from millions, recently passed tax cuts will force similarly devastating cuts to health care for seniors, children, working families and people with disabilities," said Viola Katusiime of Granite State Organizing Project.

"We want to thank our Congressional delegation for leading the resistance to this massive transfer of wealth of the 1% while at the same time putting the costs on the backs of poor and working Granite Staters by raising their taxes or stripping them from health care," added Kathy Staub of RAD-NH. "We urge Gov. Chris Sununu to join our delegation in opposing these cuts to health care and protecting Granite Staters from having their taxes raised only so that the wealthy can further gorge themselves financially."

Read the letter we delivered to each of the New Hampshire delegations' offices.

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In honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday we would like to thank you for consistently voting in opposition to attempts to dismantle our American health care system. This includes efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also the recent “tax reform” bill which will add more than $1.4 Trillion to the debt, put Medicaid and Medicare funding on the chopping block, and shift millions of dollars to the wealthiest people in the country.

We would  also urge you to fight the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate which would result in 13 million fewer people obtaining health insurance and a 10 percent increase in premiums for people in the non-group health insurance market, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

As Granite Staters gather with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, many will be thankful for their good health. Others, who suffer from serious health issues will be anxious about their future. Will they be able to get the health care they need or will they even be at the table next year? We need you to continue to fight for them and for all of us.

Thank you for standing up for the ordinary people of New Hampshire and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Rights and Democracy NH

Granite State Organizing Project

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