Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee and Vice Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee released the following statement in response to the tax reform framework:

“Over the past several decades we’ve seen a stark gap between the very wealthy and struggling Americans.  The McConnell/Ryan tax proposal only serves to broaden that divide.  A plan centered on the failed trickle-down premise delivers greater tax benefits for millionaires at the expense of hard-working middle-class families.

“Of particular concern for homeowners is the proposed elimination of the state and local property and sales tax deduction, just one component of this backward tax proposal with deep consequences, threatening to raise taxes on average households in Western New York by approximately $815 annually.

“Today was a start, not a finish.  What we need is tax fairness.   I am hopeful that through thoughtful dialogue we can agree on policies that will genuinely grow our economy and lessen the tax burden on middle-class families.”

Rep. Higgins was part of a bipartisan group of Ways and Means Committee members who went to the White House on Tuesday for a meeting with the President on tax reform.

Prior to leaving for Washington, DC, Higgins joined Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to highlight the significant local impact of SALT elimination.