Low-income Americans will pay for proposed tax relief

In recent news, the federal judge in Hawaii once again has stopped and extended President Trump’s travel ban. Unfortunately there are more plans, but we as a community can help stop this just like Judge Derrick Watson.

Soon congressional leadership will unveil a new plan that would give massive tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations — and threaten the future of basic assistance for millions of hardworking, low-income families.

It’s clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we’re hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that’s hardworking, low-income Americans.

This year we’ve already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthy, those same critical programs would likely wind up back on the chopping block.

With 1 in 8 Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong. I hope we can count on our members of Congress, Sen. Mazie Hirono and Sen. Brian Schatz to stand up against this plan. Instead, they should strengthen effective anti-poverty policies so more of our neighbors can make ends meet.

Emma Oto-Pale

Kaunakakai

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