Days after announcing she is reconsidering a run for Congress in 2018, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced a forum next week to hear from local residents about congressional Republicans' tax plan.
The event, billed as a "Tax Talk Town Hall," will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Common Council Chambers at Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St. It will be open to the public.
Miner, D-Syracuse, has invited federal, state and local officials to attend, according to a news release.
"Members of our community are outraged by this proposed tax legislation and with good reason," she said. "It will have detrimental impacts on students, downtown development and property taxpayers. It cuts taxes for billionaires, raises taxes on working class families and increases the deficit."
Alexander Marion, a spokesperson for Miner, confirmed Friday that U.S. Rep. John Katko has been invited. Katko, R-Camillus, voted for the House tax bill in mid-November. He was one of four New Yorkers who supported the legislation.
The House is scheduled to be in session Tuesday. Erin O'Connor, Katko's spokesperson, said the congressman will be in Washington for session.
Katko's campaign released a statement criticizing Miner's forum.
"Once again, the mayor is using her official office as a campaign tool. If Stephanie Miner is running for Congress, she should enter the race and debate her fellow Democrats for the nomination."
Katko has touted the tax plan, which he believes will benefit a vast majority of his constituents. The House GOP plan would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to four, double the standard deduction for single filers and couples, increase the child tax credit and lower the corporate tax rate.
But critics of the plan highlight other provisions that could have a negative impact on the middle class. The proposal would treat tuition waivers for graduate students who work as research or teaching assistants as taxable income. This could raise taxes on graduate students by thousands of dollars.
Earlier this week, Miner expressed concern about the proposed elimination of the historic preservation tax credit. The credit has been used to support the rehabilitation of historic structures, including the former Hotel Syracuse.
Miner, who is in her final month as mayor of Syracuse, is once again exploring whether to challenge Katko in 2018. She released a statement in October announcing that she wouldn't run for Congress next year. She plans to teach at New York University in the spring and is considering a run for governor.
But she is giving another look at the 24th district campaign after Katko's vote for the tax bill. On Wednesday, she called the legislation "a disaster."