By Community Alliance Staff
Demonstrators gathered outside the Clovis office of Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Tulare) calling on him to vote no during the second round of tax cuts for the wealthy. The crowd of protesters—which was composed of a coalition of local groups, including members of SEIU Local 521—was greeted with hostility as staff turned on the sprinklers, neighboring business owners stated their disapproval and police were called. Nevertheless, attendees persisted as they knew all too well the catastrophic consequences of being quiet.
A report by Americans for Tax Fairness highlights how this second round of tax cuts, which will cost $3 trillion—50% more than the $2 trillion cost of the first round of tax cuts that became law in December—is a good deal for the wealthiest in California but bad for working families.
Round two of the Trump-GOP tax cuts for the rich puts Medicare, Medicaid and other vital priorities at risk while adding $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a report released by the Tax Policy Center, a centrist think tank.
In 2017, Nunes voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which the Congressional Budget Office projected will add $1.9 trillion to the deficit.
This year, Tax Reform 2.0 intends to build on the foundation of the TCJA by permanently extending the tax law’s provisions affecting individuals and businesses that are slated to expire after 2025.