Runaway Tax Breaks in Perspective

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This morning, the House Revenue Committee began hearings on House Bill 2456, which is the first step in closing tax loopholes for big corporations and the wealthy in order to put more money into K-12 classrooms and critical services.

The centerpiece of the plan is capping income tax deductions for the wealthy: Households with income above $250,000 (and individuals at $125,000). This would only affect about the richest 2% of the state, and it would raise around $169 million.

For perspective on why this kind of reform is so desperately needed, check out this chart, which compares the astronomical growth in spending on tax breaks (29%) vs. spending on our K-12 schools.

school funding vs tax breaks (2013-15 update)Tax breaks have grown by $8 billion just in the last four years. Capping tax deductions for the wealthy is a good first step toward raining in these out-of-control loopholes.


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