Republicans love to talk about values and fiscal economics and how much they care for their constituents, but in reality, when their policies are made and implemented, that’s all a bunch of baloney.
For example, the most recent version of the Republicans’ tax reform bill screws hard working Americans and benefits billionaires and big corporations at every chance possible. Teachers, for instance, will no longer be able to take tax deductions from school supplies they’ve bought on their own dime.
That’s right, teachers, clearly treated so fairly by the government and society, should have to spend their own money on supplies for their classrooms. Keep it classy, Republicans.
The “educator expense deduction” is among the items that House GOP leaders have proposed to eliminate in order to simplify the tax system.
The write-off allows teachers and administrators to deduct $250 for out-of-pocket expenses used in their classrooms and schools: items such as books, school supplies, decorations and computer software. Professional development expenses are also included in the deduction, which was made permanent by Congress in 2015.
“The elimination of the tax [deduction] for teachers who spend money out of their own pockets for supplies is a big blow,” said Steven Poole, the executive director of United Educators Association of Texas, an independent association representing more than 23,000 public school employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “Teachers reach deep in their pockets every year for classroom supplies and this went a long way to offset their costs. It’s unfortunate but now teachers will be left on their own.”
Shrinking budgets have forced teachers and administrators to be relied on to provide materials for their students.
Ed Week states, “two-thirds of all classroom supplies are purchased by teachers. And 91 percent of teachers—many of whom receive modest pay to begin with—purchase basic supplies for students whose families cannot afford them. All of these expenditures can add up to more than $1 billion every year out of educators’ own pockets.”
In an ideal world, congresspeople would give up some of their big salaries and lobbyist money to supplement the education of our children. But we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world where Republicans control the government.