A group gathered outside Representative Glenn Thompson’s office in Bellefonte Monday to protest the proposed Republican tax overhaul.
Nathan Geiger, a graduate student at Penn State, held a sign that said, “GT: Listen to Your Community. Vote No.”
Geiger organized the group of about 15 protesters who gathered on the side of the road outside Glenn Thompson’s office. Geiger says the proposed tax bill would triple his taxes.
“I’m just sort of getting by as it is,” Geiger said. “And I think with triple taxes it’s going to be really hard for me to do things like eat and pay my rent and everything.”
Thompson spokeswoman Renee Gamela says this tax bill overhaul would make the tax code simpler and fairer and would lower the tax burden for low and middle-income Americans.
The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation says 80 percent of families with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 would get a tax cut of $100 or more in 2019. Those individual tax cuts are scheduled to expire in 2026.
The JCT also estimates that even with economic growth this tax overhaul would add a trillion dollars to the deficit.
The protestors say they worry that would mean cuts to programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.