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Time and time again, politicians have promised federal tax reform and tax relief to American citizens, only to break those promises and leave American families and business owners shouldering tremendous burdens of taxation at the federal, state and local levels around the country.

I am proud that Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Legislature recently passed the largest income-tax cut in Arkansas history, providing much-needed relief to our citizens. The time is now for President Trump and the United States Congress to work together and extend relief to all hardworking families around the country by passing the GOP tax reform bill, which includes the recent amendment by Sen. Tom Cotton to finally end the Obamacare individual mandate.

I join Governor Hutchinson in support of the GOP tax reform legislation and believe the following policy points from the reform package are needed to create jobs, help families keep more money in their own pockets and allow reinvestment into small businesses which are the backbone of our economy.

Make It Easy

• We need a tax code that is simple and easy to understand. The average taxpayer has to wade through 241 pages of instructions to file a basic tax form. A staggering 94 percent of families use professional help to do their taxes. Taxpayers spend 6 billion hours each year complying with the tax code.

• Under the GOP plan, 95 percent of Americans will be able to file their tax return on a single page without having to keep receipts, fill out schedules, or track endless paperwork.

• The GOP plan will give hardworking Americans their time and money back.

Make It Fair

• The GOP plan is going to end the rigged system that has only benefited the wealthy and well-connected. It will restore fairness by streamlining the tax code and ending special-interest tax breaks and loopholes.

• It is time to give American workers a pay raise. The GOP plan will reduce taxes for our middle class and allow them to keep more of their own hard-earned money.

Win Again

• Our business tax rate is the highest in the developed world--we are dead last. Our rate is 15 percentage points higher than the average in developed nations.

• The GOP plan will provide tax relief to businesses of all sizes.

• The GOP plan will dramatically reduce the tax rate for America's small businesses, which have created more than 60 percent of new private-sector jobs in the recent past.

• We can give our workers the level playing field they deserve--and they will win, because if the fight is fair, no one on earth can beat the American worker.

Bring It Home

• Our high tax rate punishes companies for doing business in America and encourages them to move to other countries--it is time to bring them home. This "offshoring model" has been disastrous for American workers and families. Our "American model" will reduce the burdens on American companies and encourage them to do business in our country.

President Donald J. Trump wants our companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild our American communities. This is how we all succeed and grow together.

• Our tax system penalizes companies that bring wealth they have earned overseas back to America. As a result, corporations have parked trillions of dollars in foreign countries--money that could, and should, be brought back inside the United States to be invested in American companies, American jobs and American workers. The GOP plan will encourage these companies to bring these funds back to American cities and towns.

Every year of my life, the national debt has continued to increase and now has grown to an astronomic level of $20.5 trillion. If America keeps using the exact same system of taxation that we have used that has fostered the unsustainable national debt and economic malaise of the failed democrat welfare state, we will keep getting the same result.

It is time for the Republican leadership in Congress to ensure we pass tax reform and rid the nation of the Obamacare individual mandate.

Please contact your U.S. senators and representatives today and let them know that you support President Trump and the tax reform bill. Arkansas families deserve federal tax relief.


State Sen. Jason Rapert, a member of the Senate Tax and Revenue Committee, represents District 35.

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  • Foghorn
    November 20, 2017 at 2:18 p.m.

    Let me think, is there anyone LESS qualified to determine the impact of either the house or senate tax bills on Arkansans than Rapert...nope; no one. I'm guessing he hasn't read either bill, nor has he read the expert analysis of any number of bipartisan orgs whose job it is to do just that. Both bills will hurt Arkansans and he couldn't care less.

  • Foghorn
    November 20, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

    Thanks to the ArkTimes, we know there will be a protest of the bill tomorrow at noon at 7th & Main. I'm sure Rapert won't be there as that's when he's stuffing his fat a$$ on the dime of some lobbyist as he does most days.

  • gagewatcher
    November 20, 2017 at 5:49 p.m.

    thank you Senator Rapert. I do pray that the GOP can get their tax reform bill passed. however, I believe there are too many democrats and some republicans that will vote against it. just to try to harm President Trump. no matter what relief it would bring to the American citizenry.

  • JakeTidmore
    November 20, 2017 at 6:43 p.m.

    No ruby. It's the fact that the tax bill is poorly written, hurts too many people, and benefits the richest people and corporations. Get your head out of the dark place and face the facts and the truth about this boondoggle.
    This is just a public relations ploy and has nothing whatsoever to do with helping Americans, making America stronger, or dealing with the debt. Nada, darling.
    BTW - based upon the logic of Descartes, you do not exist. Think about it.....

  • JakeTidmore
    November 20, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.

    When wall street economists that lean to the right say it's a bad plan, maybe fuzzy butts should heed their warnings:
    htt ps://ww m/en-us/money/markets/cramer-says-tax-plan-shows-senators-dont-care-about-investors/ar-BBFnBuW?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

    November 20, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.

    The preacher pays due deference to his alternate holy trinity - David Koch, Charles Koch, and Donald Trump.

  • notbot
    November 20, 2017 at 10:41 p.m.

    How foolish. Most of Rapert’s admirers are going to lose out while the very rich are getting the biggest gift of their lives. They aren’t struggling to pass the farm when they die! Haha..You are stuck in the dark ages of time..The rich are getting payday heaven on money they’ve never paid taxes on anyway. You think they didn’t know how to stash it?

  • RBear
    November 21, 2017 at 6:25 a.m.

    So Rapert parrots the already debunked Republican talking points and tries to make it look like original thought. Oh well, no one ever said he was the sharpest tack in the Lege.
    BTW ruby, the opposition is standing not to harm Trump, but to prevent harm to the average American. I know that's hard to comprehend but you need to step away from the Fiddlin' Idiot and do some real research on this.