NSBA Statement on Preserving the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT)

October 26, 2017

Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO
National School Boards Association 

Alexandria, Va. (October 26, 2017) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to congressional action related to President Trump’s proposed tax reform, which includes the elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction:

"The elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction is an assault on local governance in education. State and local tax revenues are essential to support school infrastructure, teachers, curriculum, transportation, and other resources that ensure children’s success in college and career, as well as long-term economic stability in our communities.

NSBA opposes any efforts to weaken our country’s public schools or that infringe on the ability to provide students with a high-quality education. For schools and communities to thrive, they require investments of resources and commitment, not reductions, which is precisely what will occur if the SALT deduction is eliminated.

As the tax reform debate continues, we urge Congress to support our students, their families and communities by maintaining the longstanding SALT deduction.”

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. 

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