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March 25, 2021

Elected officials hosted press conference outside the home of a White Plains family impacted by the SALT cap

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17), Congressman Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), and Westchester County Executive George Latimer called for the repeal of the cap on State and Local Taxes (SALT) to be included in the next package to come out of Washington, DC. The elected officials held a joint press conference outside the home of a White Plains family negatively impacted by the SALT cap. Photos from the event can be found here.

In January, Jones and Suozzi, along with Senator Schumer, introduced the SALT Deductibility Act, which would remove Donald Trump’s $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction and bring urgently needed, direct tax relief to residents of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Congressman Bowman is a cosponsor of the bill. 

“Since the previous President capped the SALT deduction at $10,000 in 2017, hundreds of thousands of people in my district, where we pay the highest property taxes in the entire nation, have been forced to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes each year -- a crushing burden for middle-class families, and a key contributor to the affordability crisis here in our district,” said Jones. “That is why Congressman Suozzi and I, with Congressman Bowman as a cosponsor, introduced the SALT Deductibility Act. Our bill would fully restore the SALT deduction and put thousands of dollars back into the pockets of hundreds of thousands of working people here in Westchester -- money that can be spent on housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and so much more.”

“We are in a battle to save New York! Every day the SALT cap remains in place, New Yorkers hurt. The SALT cap is crushing New York and many other high-cost progressive states,” said Congressman Suozzi. “Higher income residents are fleeing our state for lower-taxed states that don’t provide the same level of services. As New York loses population, we also lose influence in the Congress even though we are the largest net donor to the federal government. My top priority in Congress remains to repeal this unfair cap on our state and local tax deduction.”

"The SALT deduction cap passed during the Trump administration has caused financial distress for so many of my constituents," Congressman Bowman said. “We are dealing with the worst pandemic in 100 years, which has devastated our communities, and must do everything we can to put money back into the hands of New Yorkers and make people whole. I’m proud to co-sponsor this legislation which would do just that by eliminating the cap on SALT deductions."

“The largest tax increase hardworking Westchester residents have seen was the elimination of the SALT Tax Cap by the GOP controlled Congress in 2017. This tax increase most greatly impacts middle-class Westchester residents who are already struggling,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Thanks to Congressmen Suozzi, Jones and Bowman, and our US Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the SALT Deductibility Act will reverse this added burden and provide much needed relief to residents who choose to live in Westchester because of all it has to offer. No longer should residents of states with greater public services be forced to carry weight for states that receive more in federal funds then they give.”

"We love our community, but Westchester is a hard place to try and stretch a dollar,” said White Plains homeowners Ayeshah and Brian Parker. “So, you might imagine, every penny of our income goes towards raising our family. Restoring the SALT deduction would present the opportunity to continue to do our best as parents to provide the quality of life for our children they deserve. and that we work hard to achieve.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.