Republicans in Congress are trying to push through a tax bill that would be detrimental to the families in our community and our local economy.

In order to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations, President Trump and his allies will not only raise taxes on millions of low- and middle- income Americans and increase our deficit, but they plan to cut vital health care, nutrition, and education programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, WIC, and Head Start to pay for it. These programs boost our economy by creating local job growth, higher wages and increased tax revenue for states since the money gets spent immediately locally.

We need our elected officials to stand up against this awful tax plan! True tax reform would create policies that boost working families, not Wall Street. Not one penny should go to the 1 percent at the expense of our families' well-being and our economy’s stability. Working families have nothing to gain from the Trump and Republican tax proposal, and we should all speak up to defeat it.

Matthew Gray

Corvallis (Nov. 3)

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