Progressive Advocacy Groups Wants Tax Loophole for the Wealthy

The Michigan League for Public Policy is a progressive think tank which fights against broad-based tax cuts and advocates for changing Michigan’s constitution to allow a graduated income tax and much more government spending.

One part of a Republican tax plan being discussed at the national level would cut back on the deduction taxpayers can claim on their federal returns for state and local tax obligations. The league opposes this idea, writing on Twitter that “ending the state and local tax deduction (SALT) could make it harder for Michigan to maintain funding for schools, roads, and other building blocks of thriving communities.”

Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy, didn't return an email seeking comment.

ForTheRecord says: The deduction for state and local taxes is the third-largest loophole in the federal tax code, costing $1.8 trillion over a 10-year period. According to the Tax Foundation, nearly 90 percent of this benefits people who make over $100,000 annually.

So a progressive advocacy group is fighting to maintain a tax write-off which overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy.


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