WASHINGTON — While Republicans in the states have been working to pass tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Democrats have led the way in bolstering the middle class. In Arizona, Republicans pushed through a massive tax cut for wealthy Arizonans. It not only undercuts a ballot measure passed by voters but will also cut revenue for cities and towns across the state, impacting education and local town budgets. In Virginia, on the other hand, Democrats have shepherded a middle-class economic agenda that allows Virginians to thrive while keeping the commonwealth America’s top state for business.
“The contrast between Republican and Democratic leadership in the states is never more clear than when it comes to middle-class family checkbooks,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “In Arizona, Republican lawmakers have undercut the voters to win gains for the wealthiest Arizonans, while in Virginia, Democrats have passed a slew of legislation that helps Virginians. State Democrats are getting the job done and fighting for the middle class, while Republicans are playing politics and refusing to invest in their communities.”
In November, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that passed a higher marginal tax rate on the wealthiest to increase education spending by nearly $1 billion a year. Republicans undermined that vote with a flat tax that would have all Arizonans pay taxes at the same rate, meaning the richest Arizonans will pay the exact same tax rate as working families, and creating a loophole to shield these taxpayers from the voter-approved tax. The GOP is strapping the middle class with proportionally higher taxes than the wealthy, who won’t have to pay their fair share.
Meanwhile, in Virginia, Democrats have made child care more affordable for working families, created tuition-free community college programs, raised the minimum wage, ended surprise medical bills, and provided eviction and utility aid. The difference in leadership could not be more clear.