Multiple groups protest tax plan at Luetkemeyer's office

10 months 1 week 2 days ago Thursday, December 07 2017 Dec 7, 2017 Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:37:00 PM CST December 07, 2017 in Top Stories
By: By Adam Duxter, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Protesters from multiple groups in the mid-Missouri area spoke out on tax reform Thursday.

Jefferson City Area Indivisible, Faith Voices for Jefferson City, and many other faith organizations spoke at the office of Rep. Blake Luetkemeyer, R-Jefferson City, voicing concerns about the tax plan recently passed by the Senate.

Scott Randolph, a member of Jefferson City Area Indivisible, was one of the leaders of the protest. 

"The partisan reconciliation process, as they've called it in the Senate, that's been being used to pass this legislation, is a prime example of why many Americans hold congress in such low esteem," he said in front of members of Luetkemeyer's staff. 

Luetkemeyer, one of nine Missouri representatives, is currently in Washington D.C.

Each person that spoke handed in a postcard with their grievances written on it, a jab at the Republican claims that tax forms will be so simple they could fit on a post card.

Some who spoke focused on how the tax bill would impact them personally. 

Michelle Scott Huffman, pastor of Table of Grace church in Jefferson City, said, "We all know that once we add over a trillion dollars to the deficit the money will have to come from somewhere, and it seems that will be my disabled parishioners medicaid, my neighbors medicare, and our children and grandchildren's education."

John Bennett said some of the areas being cut have had a big impact on his life.

"Three months ago, I got a heart valve without surgery," he said. "This is a result of STEM education. My daughter received STEM education tuition forgiveness that is now going to be wiped out by this new tax bill. Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine are all going to be much more costly for people to achieve because they're taking money from students."

Luetkemeyer's office issued a statement on the protests.

Communication's director Kristina Weger said the congressman has held thousands of meetings, met with constituents, been active on social media and held town halls, all to understand how people in his district feel.

His office doors are open and Blaine and members of his staff are always here to listen," Weger said.

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