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On Tax Day, Rep. Elizabeth Esty Renews Call for Comprehensive Tax Reform

By Rep. Elizabeth Esty's office

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NEW BRITAIN, CT - On Tax Day, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) renewed her call for Congress to take steps to restore predictability for small businesses and fairness for middle-class families. She released the following statement:

“Our current tax code is absurdly complex, and, frankly, makes no sense. We need a tax code that supports working families. Tax Day is the time for Congress to work together on reforms that close tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas, end special interest tax breaks, and value the hard work of middle-class families.

“During my tours of small businesses and manufacturers across central and northwest Connecticut, I’ve heard time and time again that business owners need predictability and certainty so they can map a path forward for their business and their employees. A predictable, stable, and reliable tax code is critical for businesses as they work to attract innovators, investors, and workers in this global market. And small business owners tell me how difficult it is to navigate our current complex tax code. Without comprehensive tax reform, I fear America may lag behind other nations in being able to attract investment and support innovation.

“I continue to believe that for the sake of families and small businesses in central and northwest Connecticut, and for the sake of our country’s economic stability, we need serious solutions. It’s time to reform the tax code to make long-term investments that will support the creation and retention of more good-paying American jobs.”

Last week, Esty voted against U.S. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, and instead voted in favor of a responsible budget introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that takes a balanced approach and focuses on pro-growth measures to create more jobs.

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