Rep. Mimi Walters voted to give her constituents a permanent tax hike

Congresswoman Mimi Walters

Congresswoman Mimi Walters voted to make the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions permanent, which could cost constituents thousands of dollars every year.

In one of her final votes before the midterm elections, Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) once again supported hike taxes on California homeowners, including thousands of families in her own district.

Walters voted to make the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions permanent, “which creates a political problem for California Republicans struggling to get re-elected,” according to McClatchy.

More than a million Californians claim more than $10,000 for the state and local deduction, with the average claimed deduction $18,517 in 2016.

 

That means on average, Californians who use the deduction will owe more than $8,000 in federal income taxes per year while the current cap is in place. For most, that’s substantially more than the benefit they receive from tax cuts.

Residents in California’s 45th Congressional District, currently represented by Walters, have a much higher average deduction: $21,366, according to IRS data obtained by SoCal Daily Media.

In some areas of the district, the average deduction is as high as $58,000. But Walters wants to cap the deduction at $10,000 permanently, which would drastically hike taxes for thousands of families.

Why would Walters support a such a massive tax hike on so many constituents? Once Trump supported the plan, Walters’ “Yes” vote was almost guaranteed. Walters backs the Trump agenda 99 percent of the time, one of Trump’s most loyal allies in Congress.

Her votes match her rhetoric about Trump, often praising him and recently saying that he is “exceeding expectations.”

Yet her view is wildly out of touch with the views of her constituents. In a recent poll, 55 percent of constituents disapproved of Trump’s job performance, while only 41 percent approved.

The bill Walters supported is an extension of the 2017 Republican tax bill, which Walters also supported. That bill raised taxes on homeowners, added almost $2 trillion to the national deficit, padded the pockets of Wall Street billionaires, and left middle-class families behind with stagnant wages.

Walters is struggling in her re-election campaign, trailing Democratic challenger Katie Porter in all the recent polls. Most election experts rate the race a toss-up.