Teachers speak out about proposed tax hike

Local teachers are anxiously awaiting a decision that could impact how they claim taxes.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 11:20 PM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 11:39 PM

UTICA - Local teachers are anxiously awaiting a decision that could impact how they claim taxes.

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Current and retired teachers gathered at Watson Williams Park to speak out on a proposed tax hike.

The bill in question: ‘The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’.

Under this bill, teachers would not be able to claim deductions for the cost of school supplies for their students.

Teachers can currently claim a deduction of up to $250 per year.

At the meeting, teachers expressed how the tax hike would affect them.

“One of the things I would like to see is that Claudia Tenney take a firm stand and definitely vote for keeping the standard deductions for teachers,” said former educator Dawn Laguerre. “It's one of those necessary evils. We need additional revenue to help supplement and enrich education in the school system.”

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has not yet stated her position on the upcoming vote.

Teachers say they are hoping for a vote ‘NO’ on the bill.

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