Implications of GOP tax plan for Police

The Fraternal Order of Police wrote a letter to the GOP to warn that the elimination of the State and Local Tax deduction, SALT, will negatively impact police services. Police services are funded through local taxes. Elimination of SALT will make paying local taxes harder on citizens because they can no longer deduct the cost of those taxes from Federal taxes. Cities and counties, which rely on tax revenue to pay for police services will have constituents less able to tolerate any local tax increase and who are increasingly burdened by existing local taxes. Elimination of SALT is meant to offset the cost of decreasing corporate taxes. The hidden cost will likely be a more fragile and poorly funded police service, making public safety a causality of the proposed tax plan.

– Brian Lande

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