Dem Lawmaker: Republican Constituents Are Calling Me to Oppose Tax Reform Bill
A New Jersey Democrat said he is getting calls from both Republicans and Democrats in his district to oppose the House Republican tax reform plan.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, whose district runs from Blairstown and the mountainous Skylands region to the more liberal NYC suburbs like Paramus and Teaneck, said people from all over the area expressed strong concern.
Gottheimer said people in New Jersey, which has some of the highest property and income taxes, will be badly hurt by the Republicans' plan to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT).
The longtime tax form item allows people in high-tax states to essentially prevent themselves from being "taxed twice," as Gottheimer put it.
He said that WH Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's home district in South Carolina also gets $2.82 back for every dollar paid in taxes, while Gottheimer's neighbors in Passaic County only get back 33 cents.
"When we crunch the math... taxes go up in my district," he said.
Dana Perino asked Gottheimer about states with the opposite predicament of New Jersey.
Perino said her home state of Wyoming has much lower taxes than New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, yet helps subsidize the SALT deduction for those residents.
"Why not deal with the state and local taxes?" she asked.
Supporters of the GOP tax plan point to governors like Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.), who have raised taxes in recent years, as the issue behind the SALT deduction, rather than Congressional Republicans and President Trump.
Gottheimer said high taxes in the Garden State are a problem, but maintained he does not support such "double taxation" under the Republican plan.
Gottheimer said that tax reform is just another area where New Jersey is effectively "America's punching bag."
He said he is part of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which works across the aisle to combat issues like taxes and such.
Seven states, including Florida, Texas, Alaska and Wyoming levy no income tax, while states like Tennessee only tax income from Wall Street dividends and other similar sources.