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Letter to the Editor: How gullible does Gillespie think we are on taxes?

One of Republican Ed Gillespie’s campaign promises is to cut the state income tax by 10 percent, which according to his website will put nearly $1,300 per year into the pockets of a family of four.

Well, I did the math and you’d have to be naive or gullible to believe it. You’ll have to have taxable income (before deductions) of $235,000 a year to get that large a deduction. For households making $70,000 a year, your taxes will go down by a measly $375 a year, about $31 a month. Of course, Republicans like Gillespie like tax cuts because they favor the very rich, millionaires like himself. If you have $1 million in taxable income, you’ll get a $57,242 deduction! Crumbs for most Virginians, riches for Gillespie, his friends and wealthy donors.

Now think of that in terms of lost revenues. Less money for safety and security, like the state police. Less money for mental health, public health, highway construction and maintenance and less money for public education. Oh, and by the way, when the state cuts funding to localities, guess what? To make up for lost revenues, the city and county have to raise sales and property taxes. So that tax cut isn’t a tax cut after all.

Gillespie wants to enter Virginia in “the race to the bottom” not just in tax rates, but in the quality of life we Virginians appreciate and value. If Gillespie keeps coming up with issues like this for his campaign, you’d have to be naive or gullible to vote for him.

DAVID COLTON
Waynesboro

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