Reps. Pappas and Tauscher
April 16, 1997
in this forum:
Is Congress promising too many tax cuts? Is Congress going too slow? Is a progressive tax unconstitutional? Where is Congress' budget? Will the IRS resist any change? Is there tax justice for all?
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A question from Abbie Hall of Camden, NJ:
Justice for all?
All the talk of tax relief seems to be targeted at a very specific group, the middle class and the upper middle class. It seems that the politicians are more interested in those who make more money and live in the suburbs than those struggling to get back on their feet in the cities. How are you helping these people in the cities?
Representative Tauscher responds:
I am of the view that all Americans deserve some form of tax relief but that any reduction in taxes must be made in the context of a balanced budget. I am a cosponsor of a balanced budget plan known as the Blue Dog Coalition Budget, which makes the difficult choices necessary to balance the budget by 2002 and does so without cutting taxes. A number of tax cutting proposals have been suggested that would primarily benefit the middle and upper-middle classes, including reductions in the capital gains and estate taxes which I support. But other proposals would cut across a greater spectrum of society, including the child and tuition tax credits. Those tax cuts would apply to all working families and would be phased-out above particular income levels. Aside from reducing taxes, we must ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get a good education and a well-paying job. Job training and support services, including child and medical care, need to be available to everyone making a sincere effort to work and care for their families. Schools need to be safe and comfortable places where students can learn the basic tools necessary to find work and function in society. And decent-paying jobs need to be created in cities so residents will be able to make a living.
Representative Pappas responds:
A New Jersey painting contractor was quoted in an article by The Washington Post as saying, "You're looking at a poor man who thinks the capital gains tax cut is the best thing that could happen to this country, because that's when the work will come back. People say capital gains are for the rich, but I've never been hired by a poor man."