Letter To The Editor

 
Dear Editor,
 
The Biden administration used the occasion of tax day to highlight the difference between its tax policies and those of the current Republican Party. Biden is calling for making “billionaires and large corporations pay their fair share” and “ensuring no one making under $400,000 a year pays a penny more in taxes.” 
 
The Republicans have offered the “11-Point Plan to Rescue America,” which calls for imposing taxes on the 57% of Americans who made too little during the pandemic to pay income taxes, as well as getting rid of all legislation after five years, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates their tax policy would increase taxes on the nation’s poorest 40% by more than $1,000 on average. 
 
Here in Missouri, the Republicans voted to reverse voter-approved Medicaid Expansion, blocked the Democrats amendments to fund an increase to teacher pay, school transportation and home health care for people with disabilities, and they reduced federal funds for child care. The federal funds were given for the express purpose to help families with children but Missouri Republicans diverted them to other programs that most families aren’t eligible to use. Let’s not forget they want to give more to charter schools based on our property value. The charter schools will take money from our property tax but can reject your child with no accountability. Missouri Republicans have systematically defunded public schools and then rants how public schools are failing children. The hypocrisy slaps you in the face.
 
Jacqueline Farr

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