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California Labor Federation
Contact: Steve Smith 510-326-4644, firstname.lastname@example.org
Events from San Diego to Sacramento to Highlight Devastating Impact of Tax Bill to CA Families
SACRAMENTO – A coalition of labor unions, community groups, seniors, faith leaders and health care advocates will hold events this week to protest the GOP-Trump tax bill, which is a huge giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of California families and vital programs they rely upon like Medicare and Social Security.
The actions will call on GOP members of Congress to reject final passage of the bill as it heads to a joint Senate-House conference committee this week. The bill is projected to add over $1 trillion to the federal deficit, triggering massive automatic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and many other vital programs.
The repeal of portions of the Affordable Care Act included in the bill would result in 1.7 million Californians losing their health insurance in the next decade and would spike premiums for nearly everyone else. The bill will also add to most Californians’ tax burden while providing massive tax breaks to the large corporations and millionaires and billionaires who fund political campaigns. Newspaper editorials from across the state have sharply criticized the bill as a rotten deal for California.
“Working people are angry,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “The GOP tax plan gouges middle-class families, seniors, the working poor and many others just so GOP members of Congress can deliver huge tax breaks to their millionaire donors. It’s appalling to see elected officials who are supposed to be representing the needs of working families in their districts completely disregard us to curry favor with the big corporations and rich political donors who fund their campaigns.”
If this bill is signed into law, unions and community groups have committed to massive campaigns to ensure the growing outrage over the GOP-Trump tax bill spills over to next year’s elections in California. Many GOP members are already facing tough races in their districts as more voters begin to see how out-of-touch their representatives are with constituents.
This week’s actions are growing, with more actions to be added next week. Click here for a full list.
The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.