Editor:

First, kudos to The Post-Star for its great reporting prior to the Nov. 7 elections; you did a great job ensuring the public had transparency going into the voting booth!

Second, the tax plan proposed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate don’t do anything for the poor or middle class. Yes, it would be great to get tax reform, but the plans proposed do nothing for most of the voters, and lots for the most wealthy among us and large corporations. The cuts are skewed to the most wealthy and leave the middle class and the poor. It takes away important deductions such as state and local taxes, and medical expenses, things that the middle class uses; it makes corporate tax cuts permanent and individual tax cuts would expire, and worst of all, it pretends that there really is a “trickle down” effect to corporate or upper-bracket tax cuts. There never has been any such benefit shown. Never. It only benefits those upper-class taxpayers; it even gets rid of the alternative minimum tax. And getting rid of the ACA mandate only harms citizens who can’t afford insurance.

Let’s spend the time to craft a bipartisan tax bill that will really reform the tax system to the benefit of all American taxpayers, not just the wealthy few who don’t even pay their fair share of taxes. There are plenty of good ideas on how to improve our tax code.

Our legislators owe it to us to take their time to craft a quality, bipartisan bill. 

Joanne Swanson, Queensbury

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