Editor:

The current tax bill being considered in the US Senate should be renamed the Wealthy American Welfare Act of 2017. US Sens. Enzi and Barraso have been championing what they call a “tax cut” for months now, but what they haven’t been telling Wyoming families is if you’re getting by on $40,000 or less a year - this tax bill just might give more of your hard earned money to the government. An analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation found that taxpayers who make less than $40,000 a year, though receiving a very modest tax cut next year, will actually see their taxes go up in 2021. At the same time, the wealthiest Americans: those already making over $200,000 a year - will see their taxes consistently cut until 2027. And how are these tax giveaways to the wealthy going to be paid for you ask? By our children and grandchildren. This tax bill is poised to increase our already exorbitant $20 trillion national debt by $1.5 trillion dollars. This is aggressive regressive taxation that is inconsistent with Wyoming values of hard work, dedication and fairness. If Sens. Enzi and Barrasso want to represent their constituents who are struggling to get by, they will ax this tax plan. Anything less than an outright no vote on this plan is saying “yes” to increasing the national debt and saying “no” to hardworking Wyoming families.

KEVIN WILSON, Lander

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