Last Friday, Americans for Tax Reform’s Paul Blair appeared on Fox News at Night with host Shannon Bream to offer his insights on the latest effort to block the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The discussion focused on the announcement that New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut plan to jointly file a lawsuit challenging the tax cuts over the cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction.
Blair made the point that after spending months characterizing these tax cuts as only benefitting the rich, Democrats in high-tax states are now fighting against the law in order to protect a deduction that mostly benefits high income taxpayers. Addressing the root cause of the problem, Blair stated “This has nothing to do with tax rates at the federal level. It has everything to do with the fact that, for decades, they’ve paid no attention or concern to what’s going on in their own state.”
Rather than challenge a bill that reduces taxes on almost all Americans, Blair argued these Democrat governors, who represent the three states with the highest state and local tax burdens in the country, should focus on cutting taxes to achieve parity with other states.
Wrapping up, Blair said “I hope the outcome, though, is that a number of Democrats in these states become very familiar with the 10th Amendment… they are not going to find a solid legal strategy that allows them to sue… because the rest of the country will no longer subsidize their very, very high tax rates.”