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Legislative Update - Need you to make a phone call 11.9.17

From the new CHTU Legislative Lead Ben Ammon, music teacher at the high school.
Dear 795 Members, 
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Ryan/Trump tax plan. The AFT has contacted our local to urge our members to call their representatives immediately about this attack on the middle class and teachers. There are many provisions tucked into this bill such as the elimination of the teacher tax credit, the elimination of the SALT (state and local tax) deduction, tax shelters for wealthy families to save tax free money for private K-12 education, and the removal of college tax credits that are used by parents to help offset the cost of tuition (see articles below). All of these issues will impact you. 

The vote is scheduled before Thanksgiving so making our voices heard as soon as possible is essential. 
To find your representative, visit the following link:
The AFT has asked to focus on Sen. Rob Portman and your US Representative. 
When the staffer answers, we suggest that you tell them that our country needs a tax code that is fair and doesn’t further rig the economy in favor of the wealthy. Urge the Congressman/Senator to oppose any tax plan that:
  • does not preserve the current state and local tax deduction (SALT),
  • increases taxes on middle-class families,
  • gives tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of vital public services like education

Please email the response that they give to Ben Ammon at He is serving as our legislative lead of 795. He will be compiling the responses and will send them to OFT. 


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Republican Tax Plan Seeks to Shake up Higher-Education Tax Credits, Deductions, and Benefits -
Teachers Spend Nearly $500 a year on Supplies. Under GOP Tax Bill, They Will No Longer Get a Tax Deduction -

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