December 20, 2017

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GOP Tax Plan Passes With Endorsement from Fung, Morgan

Fung and Morgan Supported Raising Taxes For Thousands of Rhode Island Middle-Class Families

Today, the Congressional tax bill endorsed by Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidates Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan is on its way to becoming law. 

The Senate passed the tax reform bill today that will raise taxes on Rhode Island middle-class families, giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy, and ballooning the national debt. 

Morgan and Fung both endorsed the bill. Fung claimed it will “benefit Rhode Islanders,” and Morgan said it would create a “brighter future across our great state.”

“Republicans in Congress just voted to raise taxes on Rhode Island middle-class families and Allan Fung and Patricia Morgan cheered them on,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Now as they run for governor, Fung and Morgan will have to explain to Rhode Island voters why they supported raising their taxes. Mayor Fung and Rep. Morgan decided to stand with Washington Congressional Republicans instead of the middle-class families of Rhode Island. Next year, voters will have an opportunity to send a message to Morgan and Fung about their wrong priorities.” 

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Background:

In December 2017, Mayor Allan Fung Said He Supported the GOP Tax Plan According to the WPRI, “Raimondo’s two announced Republican challengers, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, both offered nuanced takes on the tax bill, which has drawn opposition from the Republican governor of neighboring Massachusetts, Charlie Baker.‘Overall, I support tax reform,’ Fung said in a statement. ‘Tax reform will cut the corporate and individual tax rates, which will benefit Rhode Islanders and grow the national economy.’” [WPRI, 12/18/17]

House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan: “Tax Reform is the Most Appropriate Way to Grow Jobs. With It We Will See Higher Wages, Lower Costs and Brighter Futures Across Our Great State.” According to the Providence Journal, “House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, returned from the White House late last week with both enthusiasm and concern, after a briefing — and pep talk — by key players from the Trump team, including Vice President Mike Pence and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Morgan’s takeaway: ‘Tax reform is the most appropriate way to grow jobs. With it we will see higher wages, lower costs and brighter futures across our great state.’” [Providence Journal, 11/21/17]