Congressional Republican Tax Plan Will Harm Maryland Families

After the House of Representatives and Senate voted to pass the Republican tax bill, Executive Director Benjamin Orr of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy released the following statement:

“By passing this damaging tax bill, congressional Republicans have put the interests of major corporations and wealthy households above everyone else. In fact, the bill will ultimately increase taxes for 27 percent of low- and middle-income Maryland families. Now, congressional leaders are already calling for spending cuts next year that will threaten working families—and they’re using high deficits, which their tax bill made worse, to justify these cuts.

“This agenda is a one-two punch for working families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Calls for spending cuts to balance the budget are nothing more than thinly-veiled efforts to gut programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and disability insurance that help struggling Marylanders meet their basic needs. These cuts will hurt people in our state and put even more pressure on Maryland’s budget, which, as we saw in a legislative meeting earlier today, is already stretched thin.

“We all share a responsibility to ensure that struggling families, especially families with young children and seniors, do not go hungry or become homeless. We now ask our congressional delegation to commit to standing against budget cuts that would further hurt everyday Americans by taking away health coverage, food assistance, housing, and more from Maryland families.”


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