Re “GOP tax plan would slash corporate rate, help wealthiest” (sacbee.com. Nov. 2): Unlike New York members of Congress, California Republicans in the House appear comfortable with eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes. Their claim that the state government raises taxes to create a write-off opportunity is spurious at best. Some of them have suggested that we are asking red states to support our housing costs, a claim that is truly galling. We essentially ar a donor state, getting back only about 78 cents on every $1 we send to the federal coffers. In other words, a substantial amount of our money goes to support people in poor red states, many of whom favor small government except when it comes to collecting spending our money. To add insult to injury, people in those states appear to despise us. If we lose the state and local tax deduction, we ought to remind the rest of the country what a tea party really looks like.
Judith Hurley, San Jose