It’s disappointing that members of Congress have crafted a tax bill that seems to prioritize donors over average citizens. By changes such as removing the estate tax (only applicable to individuals with estates worth more than $5.49 million) the government would lose revenues that are used in programs that benefit our entire country (such as military spending, education and infrastructure) to instead benefit a small number of individuals who are already wealthy.

The bill simultaneously expands tax breaks for private jet owners and removes tax deductions for families experiencing catastrophic medical bills and for teachers who dig into their own pockets every year to buy supplies for their classrooms. How does this help the people of North Dakota?

I would encourage everyone to contact Rep. Kevin Cramer and Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and let them know what you think of this tax bill. We need people in Congress in both parties who can effectively address the needs of their constituents rather than indulge the whims of large campaign contributors.

Anita Casey-Reed, Bismarck

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