In a Twist, a Teachers Union Expresses Concern about Tax Increases

In a Tweet posted November 12, the American Federation for Teachers asked how politicians can vote for tax increases on their constituents.

The Tweet linked to a story in the New York Times about an effort by Congressional Republicans to eliminate federal tax deductions for money paid by individuals as state and local taxes. The measure, if passed, is predicted to create pressure on local school districts to reduce their budgets.

The union’s criticism of a tax increase is the opposite of the messaging typically associated with teacher unions, which usually lobby politicians to support tax increases.


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