Republican and Democratic Mayors United Firmly Against SALT Elimination’s Extreme Hit to Household Budgets; Will Call on Congress to Stand Against Double Taxation

Press Conference Call Monday, October 16 at 12:00 pm ET

Washington, DC— A bipartisan group from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will host a press conference call on Monday, October 16 at 12:00 pm EDT to provide a snapshot of the damaging impact a repeal of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction will have on middle-class and working families. During the call, Republican and Democratic mayors from blue and red states will share new analysis compiled by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), showing that many middle-income homeowners will see their taxes go up, not down, under the current tax reform framework.

According to a recent report by the GFOA, if the SALT deduction is eliminated, almost 30 percent of taxpayers – including individuals in every state and in all income brackets – would be adversely impacted. This would include over 43 million tax units representing well over 100 million Americans. By all accounts the elimination of SALT would disproportionately affect cities, leaving large numbers of middle class Americans paying more in taxes on dollars they will never see in the first place. This is effectively double taxation.

In September, 178 bipartisan mayors issued a letter to Congress urging members to maintain the SALT deduction.  See full text of the letter here.


National press conference call with bipartisan mayors calling for the preservation of the SALT tax deduction and for Congress to fight double taxation


Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, USCM Vice President

Burnsville (MN) Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, USCM Past President

Des Moines (IA) Mayor Frank Cownie, USCM Trustee

Findlay (OH) Mayor Lydia Mihalik

Emily S. Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director

* additional speakers pending


Monday, October 16 at 12:00 pm EDT


1 (866) 868-1282, Passcode: 7460 887


Media interested in joining the call should RSVP to Sara Durr at [email protected]