Letter to the Editor

Lawler’s Efforts to Raise SALT Cap Were Greatly Appreciated

February 27, 2024

The Examiner News

Here in Mount Pleasant, we have communities that are severely impacted by the unfair cap on state and local taxes (SALT).

I was glad to see that Congressman Lawler was able to force the SALT Marriage Penalty Elimination Act through the Rules Committee, forcing a vote on the floor of the House on whether the bill should be considered for a formal vote.

However, when the rule came up for a vote on the floor of the House, Democrats voted against it in overwhelming fashion, effectively killing off the first standalone bill on SALT relief to come to the floor of the House since 2017.

The vote by House Democrats hurt middle class families here in Mount Pleasant, who would have greatly benefited from Congressman Lawler’s efforts to lift the cap for married couples from $10,000 to $20,000, effectively undoing the unfair marriage penalty that exists within the current tax code.

This change would have directly benefited people in Briarcliff Manor, Pleasantville, Hawthorne, Sleepy Hollow, Valhalla, Thornwood and elsewhere across the Hudson Valley where the high cost of living and burden of excessive state and local taxes is felt deeply.

Thank you, Congressman Lawler, for your consistent efforts in trying to lift or repeal the SALT cap. I know it’s deeply appreciated by all residents in Mount Pleasant.

Carl Fulgenzi
Supervisor, Town of Mount Pleasant