Queens Congressman Greg Meeks mentioned Sunday he won’t back President Biden’s infrastructure package deal until it features a repeal of the federal $10,000 cap on state and native tax deductions accepted in 2017 underneath former President Trump.
“It needs to be repealed. I’m a part of the caucus together with Tom Suozzi [calling for SALT cap repeal]. I want SALT [reform] to be in there,” Meeks mentioned throughout an occasion at Queens Borough Corridor the place he endorsed Ray McGuire for mayor.
Former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax legislation restricted the quantity of state and native taxes — “SALT” — that may be deducted when submitting federal taxes.
The “SALT cap” primarily hit extra prosperous, high-taxed Democratic-leaning states like New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
However the Biden administration has been cool to the concept, with White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki arguing that it might add “probably important” prices to the invoice, which is already anticipated to price $2 trillion.
Meeks, the Queens Democratic Occasion chairman, additionally mentioned it’s presumptuous to help Rep. Jerry Nadler’s invoice to develop the Supreme Courtroom from 9 to 13 members. He mentioned officers ought to look forward to the findings of a research of the problem by a fee appointed by President Biden.
“I don’t need to get forward of the president. He put a fee collectively,” Meeks mentioned. “Let’s see what they arrive back with and see if there’s a foundation to do one thing.”
“Simply throwing it out there may be not going to assist make one thing occur. The speaker of the Home mentioned it’s not going to get on the ground.”
Further reporting by David Meyer