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Blue State Governors Threatening to Sue Over GOP Tax Plan

For as much as Democrats claim to love high taxes, they’re certainly just like everybody else in that they don’t actually like to pay them.

Has there ever been a limousine liberal who didn’t claim every single tax deduction available? Do any of the “millionaires for higher taxes” the liberal media has no trouble finding to bring on their shows ever voluntarily write a check out to the Treasury to pay above what they owe? No – and no!

With the Senate passing their version of tax reform last week, liberals nationwide have immediately become concerned with budget deficits for the first time in decades, and we’ve heard the usual fear-mongering about “tax cuts for the rich” (of which there aren’t many). As liberals complain about mythical tax cuts for the rich (perhaps they’re confusing business tax cuts with tax cuts for wealthy people), they have to reconcile that with the fact that the Trump tax plan raises the taxes of liberal states by placing limits on the deductability of state and local taxes on one’s federal taxes.

Because of that, those living in those high-tax blue states will feel the full burden of the taxes their state and locality are imposing on them. And why should state and local taxes be deductable at all? All that does, in effect, is have fiscally responsible states subsidize fiscally irresponsible ones. Despite that fact, according to the New York Post, a number of notable Democrats in those States are now threatening to sue over it.

Governors of three high-tax states said Monday they’re considering suing to stop the GOP-backed tax overhaul that limits deductions for state and local taxes.

​”We are looking at the legality now. ​This is double taxation. ​T​hey are taxing the taxes​,” said Gov. Cuomo during a conference call with California Gov. Jerry Brown and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.

In what’s the funniest comment I’ve heard all day, Cuomo complained that the bill takes from the rich and gives to the poor: ​​”This ​is ​from the party that is against taxation​. This takes from the richest states and has them subsidize a tax cut for the less wealthy states. It ​may well be illegal and unconstitutional.” 

Isn’t that what the Democrats claimed to be for?

More from the report:

Meanwhile, Brown said the tax plan, which Republican lawmakers insist will spur the economy, will not only negatively affect high-tax states but the country as a whole.

​”They’re hurting California, Massachusetts and New York but they’re also hurting the United States. They’re attacking the vital sinews of the American economy. It’s really stupid​,” he said. “The right thing for America is to defeat this bill.”

It’s great to see liberals against high taxes for once! I’d say hopefully Democrats on the state and local level are warming up to cutting taxes now, but I won’t keep my fingers crossed.

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Matt

Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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  • for starters, the rich spend a lot of their money outside the United States. And they spend a lot of their money purchasing things that are not subject to the "pay as you go" taxes.
    What would the tax rate on buying Congress critters be?
    The rest of us are pretty much constrained to purchase stuff that is available in the U.S.

  • Au, the poor little cupcakes got a wedgie pulled on them. Yeah, yeah, we know it puts extra skid marks on the underwear. What's so difficult about understanding the term, "high taxes" ???

  • Unfortunately for me, my two Senators are both democrats & because of all the illegals here the state voted democrat (although I know of no one who voted for Hillary here). I was really disappointed & embarrassed by this but we’re a border state to Mexico so it wasn’t a huge surprise. I don’t think our two senators would do something as dumb as these other liberals though, but if I hear about it I’ll be calling them & having everyone I know write letters. I’ve contacted them numerous times, most recently about making sure we don’t allow sanctuary cities.

  • Unfortunately for me, my two Senators are both democrats & because of all the illegals here the state voted democrat (although I know of no one who voted for Hillary here). I was really disappointed & embarrassed by this but we’re a border state to Mexico so it wasn’t a huge surprise. I don’t think our two senators would do something as dumb as these other liberals though, but if I hear about it I’ll be calling them & having everyone I know write letters. I’ve contacted them numerous times, most recently about making sure we don’t allow sanctuary cities.

  • I'm retired and and supported by rental income. I'm totally ruined without the SALT deduction. I know there's thousands just like me. The rug is being pulled from under us. Also, the investment real estate market will likely crash taking the entire economy with it, and there also be a dramatic rise in rent prices pushing many into shelters. Cancelling SALT deduction is a terrible idea. PS I'm a conservative and Trump supporter.

  • I'm retired and and supported by rental income. I'm totally ruined without the SALT deduction. I know there's thousands just like me. The rug is being pulled from under us. Also, the investment real estate market will likely crash taking the entire economy with it, and there also be a dramatic rise in rent prices pushing many into shelters. Cancelling SALT deduction is a terrible idea. PS I'm a conservative and Trump supporter.

  • I ALWAYS SAY - THE ONES THAT SCREAM THE LOUDEST ARE THE MOST GUILTY. For all those states against repealing SALT - THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO THEIR STATE AND SCREAM & YELL FOR ALL THIS WILD SPENDING THEY DO - THE STATES ARE RESPONSIBLE AND ONLY THE STATES CAN FIX THAT. IT IS NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS FAULT AT ALL.

  • Anything tp prevent him from doing his job he was elected to do. This proves they are against the people.

  • Anything tp prevent him from doing his job he was elected to do. This proves they are against the people.

  • Did anybody ever figure out why a flat pay as you spend tax with a higher percentage on luxury items would not work? No paperwork, no deductions, no tax shelters, no IRS, and no fraud. Everybody pays their fair share!

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