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Updated 20 November 2017

 

It was great to see so many new faces at the Indivisible Eastside Group meeting on Sunday. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it on the events page on our facebook group. We haven’t figure out yet how to extract it from Facebook, but when we do, we’ll let you know!

Thank you to Kat Martin for her presentation on the TrumpTaxScam.  Here is the link to a .pdf of her presentation Tax Update 11-19-17

If you’re interested in the Indivisible Listening Tour that Louise presented, here is a link to the powerpoint file 2017 Listening Tour Readout.

Our actions this holiday week are all focused on defeating this. We need to make some noise!

Action 1 – [US SENATE] – Support your Senator in Resisting Trump’s Tax Scam

Last week The House passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act AKA TrumpTaxScam. The Senate bill is even worse, and they could vote on it early next week.  One member at Sunday’s Indivisible Eastside group meeting asked, “why are we not seeing the same kind of demonstrations and outcry that we saw for TrumpCares?”  Maybe the pain of the TaxScam isn’t as immediate as TrumpCare, or maybe the topic is too dry, or maybe the GOP framed it well calling it the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and people don’t truly understand how this will hurt our country.

It’s critical that our Democratic Senators stand strong against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Support your Senator’s ability to do everything they can to prevent tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. Calling every day is best, but if you can’t do that, email both Senators every day with a different reason using the new tool http://www.democracy.io.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] and I’m a member of Indivisible Eastside. 

Thanks you for opposing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I too oppose it in part because:

  • This is not Tax Reform, it is Tax Cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
  • This is not Tax Reform, it is another attack on our Healthcare. Removing the individual mandate would increase premiums and dramatically increase the number of uninsured.
  • I’m perfectly willing to pay my fair share for important programs, but to enrich the 1% and corporations.
  • I am worried that Trump’s tax plan, and the one I have seen from House Speaker Paul Ryan, would increase the deficit by trillions of dollars. Republicans have always used deficits as an excuse to cut programs my family and I depend on, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Few corporations actually pay their fair share in taxes. Many pay none at all. Lowering corporate taxes, but not removing loopholes will mean they will be paying even less.
  • Under the Republican plan, corporations are still allowed to deduct state and local taxes. Workers are not.
  • Corporations are still allowed to deduct business expenses. Teachers are not.
  • Corporations are still allowed to deduct more than $10,000 in property taxes. Homeowners are not.
  • If it were to pass unchanged, roughly 145,000 graduate students could be responsible for suddenly paying taxes on the thousands of dollars in waivers that cover their tuition, but that never appear in their bank accounts.
  • Your Personal Story
  • [For Democratic Senators] Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes in the Senate so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?

Action 2: [YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL GROUP] – Spread the Word about the TrumpTaxScam.

Talk with friends and neighbors about the 13 Terrible Things About the House Republican Tax Plan.

  1. Showers most of the tax cuts on the richest 1% of taxpayers. They would get nearly half (47%) of the tax cuts in 10 years—a tax cut of $62,000on average. [Tax Policy Center (TPC)]
  2. Makes 36 million middle-class families pay more in taxes. One-quarter of householdswould pay more in taxes in 10 years because the tax plan repeals or limits deductions these families rely on. Out of a total of 45 million families paying more, 36 million are of low- or middle-income. Three in 10 families earning $55,000 to $93,000 will see a $1,230 tax increase on average. [TPC]
  3. Gives 75% of the tax cuts to wealthy corporations and businesses. [Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT)]
  4. Puts corporations over healthcare.Corporate tax rate is slashed from 35% to 20%, losing $1.5 trillion—equal to the Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the Republican budget. [JCT and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)]
  5. Puts Wall Street over seniors.Wealthy business owners and investors—including real estate developers like Donald Trump—get a $597 billion tax cut from the drop (from 39.6% to 25%) in the top tax rate for “pass-through” business income. The Republican budget cuts Medicare by $473 billion. (Pass-throughs include partnerships, S corporations and sole proprietorships, and their owners pay taxes at the individual rate.) [JCT and CBPP]
  6. A real jobs killer. By eliminating taxes on some foreign profits and slashing the tax rate on others far below the U.S. rate, the plan encourages multinational corporations to outsource more jobs and shift more profits offshore.
  7. Hands a $450 billion tax cut to offshore tax dodgers. American corporations have $2.6 trillion in profits stashed offshore on which they owe $750 billion in U.S. taxes. Rather than make them pay what they owe, like all the rest of us do, the tax plan will charge them only $293 billion—nearly a half-trillion-dollar discount. [Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and JCT]
  8. Repeals the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes (SALT).One-third of taxpayers making $50-75,000 use this deduction, as do half of those making $75-100,000. While the plan will still allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes, it will cut SALT deductions by 88%, leading to tax increases for many in the middle class. Eliminating SALT will put pressure on state/local budgets, likely forcing cuts to education, health care, and infrastructure. [Government Finance Officers Assoc., ITEP and CBPP]
  9. Helps Donald Trump pay less. The plan repeals the alternative minimum tax (AMT), losing almost $700 billion. Without the AMT, Trump would have paid just a 4% tax rate on $153 million in income one year. But thanks to the AMT, he paid $38 million for a tax rate of 25%. [JCT and New York Times]
  10. Lets Ivanka and her siblings save billions. The estate tax is repealed after six years, losing $150 billion. The Republican budget cuts education, job training and social services by $200 billion. Under the tax bill only estates worth at least $11 million would pay the estate tax. If Trump is worth the $10 billion he claims, his heirs could inherit billions tax free. [JCT, CBPP]
  11. Harms families with large medical bills. The plan repeals the deduction families can take for out-of-pocket medical expenses, which mostly benefits the middle class. For families with very high medical costs, the plan’s higher standard deduction will not compensate for the loss of the medical expense deduction, which is claimed by nearly 9 million families. [Center for American Progress]
  12. Breaks Trump’s promise to close the “carried interest” loophole. Remember when candidate Trump promised to get rid of this loophole that primarily benefits private equity fund managers? The House plan keeps it in place. [New York Times]
  13. Adds $1.4 trillion to the national debt. The plan includes $1.4 trillion in tax cuts that are not paid for by closing loopholes used by the wealthy and corporations. This will balloon the deficit and further endanger funding for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and more. [JCT]

Action 3: [FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OTHER STATES] – Spread the Word about the TrumpTaxScam.

Just as when we were fighting TrumpCare, it’s time to reach out to friends and relatives in other states and ask them to contact THEIR GOP senators.  Send the script to friends in the following states:

Collins, Susan M. (R – ME) Moderate, Voted NO on ACA Has expressed concerns about the estimated health-care premium increases caused by the individual mandate repeal. (202) 224-2523 (207) 622-8414
Corker, Bob (R – TN) Retiring/Resisting tRUmp Has expressed concerns about the budget deficits created by the huge tax cuts (202) 224-3344 901-683-1910
Flake, Jeff (R – AZ) Retiring/Resisting tRUmp Has expressed concerns about the budget deficits created by the huge tax cuts (202) 224-4521 602-840-1891
McCain, John (R – AZ) Retiring/Moderate, Voted NO on ACA (202) 224-2235 (602) 952-2410
Murkowski, Lisa (R – AK) Moderate, Voted NO on ACA Has expressed that she would be “okay” with this bill, if Alexander-Murray was passed WITH it. (202) 224-6665 (907) 271-3735
Johnson, Ron (R – WI) Has signaled a No vote, if put to the floor as written (414) 276-7282
SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]

I oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in part because:

  • This is not Tax Reform, it is Tax Cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
  • This is not Tax Reform, it is another attack on our Healthcare. Removing the individual mandate would increase premiums and dramatically increase the number of uninsured.
  • I’m perfectly willing to pay my fair share for important programs, but to enrich the 1% and corporations.
  • I am worried that Trump’s tax plan, and the one I have seen from House Speaker Paul Ryan, would increase the deficit by trillions of dollars. Republicans have always used deficits as an excuse to cut programs my family and I depend on, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Few corporations actually pay their fair share in taxes. Many pay none at all. Lowering corporate taxes, but not removing loopholes will mean they will be paying even less.
  • Under the Republican plan, corporations are still allowed to deduct state and local taxes. Workers are not.
  • Corporations are still allowed to deduct business expenses. Teachers are not.
  • Corporations are still allowed to deduct more than $10,000 in property taxes. Homeowners are not.
  • If it were to pass unchanged, roughly 145,000 graduate students could be responsible for suddenly paying taxes on the thousands of dollars in waivers that cover their tuition, but that never appear in their bank accounts.
  • Your Personal Story

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Crowd Sourced Actions!

Do you have an idea for future Weekly Actions? (We could use all the help we can get folks!) Email group-action@indivisibleeastside.com  to submit your idea. Your input is greatly appreciated, and please understand that depending on current events, we can’t guarantee yours will be picked. To submit an idea, please:

Submit proposals for the Weekly Actions by Thursday midnight for an action the following week!

  • Include the action to be taken (who to contact – HOUSE, SENATE, LEGISLATURE, AGENCY),
  • Include details about the bill (e.g. bill numbers) or regulation, when the action will no longer be effective
  • Include how it Resists the Trump agenda
  • Link to news article