In a viral video,
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene demonstrates that under the proposed tax reform (H.R 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) teachers would no longer have the ability to take a deduction for the purchase of school supplies. Yet corporations will still be eligible to deduct the exact same supplies.
Utahns know that teachers have to spend an inordinate amount of their own money on supplies. This is one in a long list of issues that cause 42% of Utah teachers to leave the profession within 5 years. Is teacher retention an issue you care about? Ask legislators to make a small adjustment to help teachers.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your Members of Congress TODAY and say something like this (please use your own words):
“I am a constituent living in [ZIP CODE]. The public school teachers in [my community] work extremely hard with inadequate resources. Proposed tax reform will take away the ability of educators to deduct the purchase of essential supplies like pencils and paper. Reform does however preserve this ability for corporations, according to questioning by Congresswoman Suzan Delbene. I think that our hardworking educators deserve the same options as corporations, if not more. This tax reform will harm Utah’s public education, which is already suffering from an extreme teacher shortage, and will in turn harm Utah families.”