Pennsylvania – Although the nation’s Republican budget plan that passed last week would cut taxes, some labor leaders say that those cuts are coming from the wrong places.
According to Gabriel Morgan, vice president of SEIU 32BJ, in ten years, 80 percent of those tax cuts would go to the top one-percent while many middle-income earners would pay more.
The Republican budget would cut almost $6 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other critical services over the next decade. And it would cut taxes by at least $2.4 trillion.
“They seem to be focused on doing things that hurt the elderly, that hurt the programs that people need, and are handing out more money to rich people under the premise that it will somehow create jobs,” Morgan said.
“If you want to cut taxes, cut taxes for middle class and working class people,” he said. “If you want to see jobs grow, then invest in infrastructure, don’t cut the money to it. If you want to make sure that elderly people are getting the respect and care they need, then don’t cut the Medicaid that helps them get the care they need.”
On the other side, Republican leaders say the budget paves the way for their tax reform bill, which they say will spur economic growth, create a more fair and less confusing tax system, reduce overspending, and encourage companies to keep jobs in America.