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Statement on Paul Ryan's Speech Today on Tax Reform


Paul Ryan is delivering a "major speech" on taxes today at the National Association of Manufacturers conference.

We're not expecting to hear anything we haven't heard before. Here's a statement from our executive director Frank Clemente:
"Paul Ryan is not serious about tax reform. He's serious about tax giveaways - for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations. He's going to pay for those deficit-exploding giveaways by cutting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, public education, and a whole lot more. Middle-class Americans will see their basic standards of living reduced by Ryan's plans, just so that the rich and huge corporations can get a giant tax cut.

"When Paul Ryan wants to get serious about tax reform, he should listen to what the American people want. People want giant corporations that are stashing their profits offshore to pay what they owe, they want to end big loopholes for Big Oil and Big Pharma, and they want millionaires to pay their fair share."

On Monday, Americans for Tax Fairness prepared a memo discussing the lessons that Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Congressional Republicans should learn from Kansas's failed tax cut experiment. Read that memo here: (PDF)

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

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