Letters: Republican’s budget will hurt California

Re “Senate backs GOP $4 trillion budget” (Page 4A, Oct. 20): I was disappointed that the headline didn’t read “Republicans propose $473 billion cut to Medicare.” It is time that a light was shown on what the impact of Republican policies will mean. Whether it be the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, regulatory reform, bloated Pentagon spending, immigration or tax policy, we need facts. Their tax reform proposals would suggest major cuts to safety net programs. And though we don’t know the specifics, the outlines are there, including Medicare cuts. So while the proposal is being touted as a big savings for middle class taxpayers, many in “donor” states who deduct state and local taxes may be left with higher tax bills. Wealthy individuals and “taker” states will likely benefit most.

Joseph Slabbinck, Citrus Heights