Bryan Caforio Reminds Steve Knight How GOP Tax Plan Will Hurt Middle-Class Families in His District

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Yesterday, Congressman Steve Knight said the GOP tax plan now has only “a couple” problems. Bryan Caforio, candidate for Congress in California’s 25th District, highlighted at least 25 ways the Knight Tax would hurt middle-class families in our community.

1. Eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes, which saves tens of thousands of families in our community thousands of dollars a year

2. Reduces the tax credit for companies that produce electricity from wind, solar, and other alternative energies

3. Eliminates the tax credit for hiring disabled veterans

4. Eliminates the ability of teachers to write off school supplies for their classrooms

5. Makes dark money political contributions tax deductible, which must make the Koch brothers real happy but further corrupts our democracy

6. Eliminates the tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans

7. Caps the mortgage deduction, which affects 2/3 of homes in our District

8. Gives a huge tax break to corporations shipping American jobs overseas

9. Increases the tax rate on the lowest tax bracket

10. Eliminates a tax credit that has been used to revitalize lower income areas and create more than 750,000 jobs

11. Blows up the deficit to give a windfall to billionaires and corporations

12. Employees will now be taxed for the assistance their employers provide them when caring for children or disabled family members

13. Caps the property tax deduction, making the cost of living in our community even higher

14. Gets rid of the tax credit small businesses receive for making their offices physically accessible for disabled people

15. Eliminates the electric vehicle tax credit

16. Repeals the moving expenses deduction that helps lower the cost of moving for a new job

17. Makes it even harder for students to dig out of their college debt by eliminating the student loan interest deduction

18. Eliminates the tax credit for hiring veterans who rely on food stamps to get by

19. Repeals the estate tax, which gives a $172 billion windfall to 0.02% of Americans

20. Repeals a deduction that students and parents can use to write off higher education expenses

21. Eliminates adoption credits making it more costly to adopt a child

22. Eliminates the tax credit for hiring veterans going through rehab with the VA

23. Increases college costs for parents and students by adding a tax on endowments

24. Repeals the employer child care tax credit

25. Eliminates the medical expense deduction that millions of Americans use when they have to pay for costly healthcare not covered by insurance

“As Republicans in Washington give a massive tax break to billionaires and corporations paid for by middle-class families, Steve Knight once again refuses to stand up for the hardworking people in our district,” said Caforio. “Knight plans to eliminate vital tax deductions that hardworking people use to ease their tax burden so that millionaires and billionaires in other parts of the country can get even richer. The Knight Tax is wrong for our community and must be stopped.” 

The son of two public school teachers, Caforio was born and raised in Southern California, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

California’s 25th Congressional District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, and Simi Valley. Hillary Clinton won the district by more than six points in 2016, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, and the district is majority-minority. The district is now considered a “toss-up” and is held by Tea Party Republican Steve Knight, whom national Republicans have publicly identified as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.

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