The Republican tax plan will raise middle class taxes while adding $1.3 trillion to the debt and giving tax breaks to the wealthy. It would devastate health care plans for millions of Americans. The plan is so bad, even Donald Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, has come out against it. That’s why Pennsylvanians are speaking out and protesting this disastrous tax plan.
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Gathered outside the old county courthouse in Carlisle during evening rush hour on Monday, an orderly, mild-mannered group of about 50 people from teenagers to senior citizens held signs and cheered as cars and trucks passed by flashing their lights and honking horns in support of their “Stop the Middle Class Tax Hikes” message.
In between chants of “Not one penny for the 1 percent” and “This is what democracy looks like,” the protesters made it clear the plan that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determined gives considerable tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 but hurts the nation’s poorest is the wrong way to go.
Brenda Salantes, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, spends a lot of her time in a lab studying treatments for HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. She worked for four years to save up enough money to come here. Now she gets a stipend and doesn’t have to pay tuition in exchange for teaching classes and doing research.
Under the U.S. House tax plan, she would be taxed on all the tuition that she’s not paying for, which could add up to $8,000 to her tax bill. More than half of all graduate students had adjusted gross incomes of $20,000 or less, according to 2011-12 federal data cited by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Doylestown Intelligencer: Protesters chastise Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s vote for GOP tax bill
Protesters started setting up outside Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s Middletown office around noon Monday for a six-and-a-half-hour day of speaking out against President Donald Trump’s agenda and the tax reform bill recently passed by the House of Representatives with the congressman’s support. About 15 to 20 people took turns chasing down papers and signs blown about the courtyard before warming up for a few minutes in the building lobby.
Linda Dean Bozena’s anger at Fitzpatrick’s vote 10 days ago kept the Fairless Hills woman warm as she prepared to ride the elevator up to Fitzpatrick’s district office and formally lodge her complaint.
“Taxes are going to go up on the low- to middle-class part of the population,” Bozena said. “How do they justify this? I’m so disappointed in him.”
“Representative Smucker’s a Lancaster County man just like I am. We were raised in this community and there are things that we share, so I can come down here and say, ‘Lloyd, this bill does not represent our community. If you want to represent us you have to reject this bill,’ ” said Ismail Smith-Wade-Lel, a city councilor-elect.
Chester County Daily Local: Protests rage as Meehan, Costello vote for GOP tax plan
The Congressional Budget Office has published a letter stating that unless Congress intervenes, H.R. 1 will result in an automatic federal funding cut of $136 billion in fiscal year 2018; $25 billion will come from Medicare. […]
Ruth Ann Davidson, 61, of Ridley Township, said her son’s life absolutely depends on Medicaid availability. He is in long-term recovery from opioid addiction – twice overdosing on heroin, and twice resuscitated via Narcan by Ridley Township police. Thanks to Medicaid, she said, he is able to seek treatment.
“Getting on Medicaid was imperative to his recovery, because he couldn’t afford to see a psychiatrist,” Davidson said.
Her 32-year-old son had begun self-medicating his mental health issues.
“I’m scared to death that he’s going to lose his insurance,” Barnard said. “He could potentially overdose again and die, because both times he was lucky enough to have been found right away.”