Restore the Educator Expense Deduction

Krissana Peterson


Governor Doug Burgum,

Senator John Hoeven,

Congressmen Kevin Cramer:

As you know I am a teacher here in North Dakota. I work as a paraprofessional educator which isn’t a very high paying job, yet makes up for it in with the memories I make with the youth I teach. I see my students as family and I help them excel in life as much as I can.

It troubles me to see that the Educator Expense Deduction has been put on the chopping block. As educators we see the thinning school federal and state education budgets as we have been compensating for the lack of adequate government budget by hunting for sales on educational items for the classrooms or youth we teach. You must reconsider removing the deduction as the Youth of North Dakota are our future.

Both Cramer and Hoeven have stated that this is for middle class. This is not for our North Dakota middle class. This is for the 1 percent. In the recent special elections, concerned constituents, like myself, not only ran for office, but won against stagnant and complacent incumbents. Unfortunately, I have seen these same two adjectives define Rep. Cramer and Sen. Hoeven for far too many years.

As I have stated before, I am a mother of a awesome child who has several disabilities. With the current federal budget it removes many medical tax breaks that I’ve relied on in the past to aid in the Health Care costs as the current insurance system doesn’t cover all of my child’s health needs. Please reconsider the current federal budget as it causes burden onto the workers of North Dakota.

I am requesting an explanation on why it is more important for Big Businesses and Wealthy Individuals are more important than the youth and families of our state. You know how to reach me, I am looking forward to visiting with you all in an open town hall.