Stacey Abrams: Trump tax reforms have 'rigged the system'

On February 5, President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address.

The lengthy speech touched on areas of finance (tax reform, the U.S.-China trade war, job growth and the market at large) amongst other expected contentious topics (the U.S.-Mexico border, national security and drug prices.)

Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to give the democrats rebuttal in a State of the Union address, harshly criticized President Trump and the government’s stance and policies across all areas — namely voter suppression, the education system and immigration reform.

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President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump greets the audience, surrounded by family members, as she arrives for US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp (L), Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (C) and Social Media Director Dan Scavino (R) wait for the start of U.S. President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) arrives before U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif, arrives to listen to President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Members of Congress arrive to hear President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The U.S. Capitol stands at sunset in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump will speak to a House chamber full of Democrats jostling to challenge his re-election on Tuesday night, with many female lawmakers planning to dress in suffragette white and his chief antagonist Nancy Pelosi seated at the dais behind him. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 5: Donald Trump Jr., walks through Statuary Hall on his way to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office before his father President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. He had mistakenly walked towards Speaker Pelosi's office first. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(L-R) Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Tiffany Trump applaud during the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump makes a point as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, applaud U.S. President Donald Trump as he arrives to deliver a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Trump will speak to a House chamber full of Democrats jostling to challenge his re-election, with many female lawmakers planning to dress in suffragette white and his chief antagonist Nancy Pelosi seated at the dais behind him. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, delivers a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Trump will speak to a House chamber full of Democrats jostling to challenge his re-election, with many female lawmakers planning to dress in suffragette white and his chief antagonist Nancy Pelosi seated at the dais behind him. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Trump will speak to a House chamber full of Democrats jostling to challenge his re-election, with many female lawmakers planning to dress in suffragette white and his chief antagonist Nancy Pelosi seated at the dais behind him. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(L-R) Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson applaud at the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) reacts as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Melania Trump looks at cancer survivor Grace Eline as she is mentioned by U.S. President Donald Trump as he delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Democratic female members of Congress cheer after U.S. President Donald Trump said there are more women in Congress than ever before during his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
Democratic female members of Congress cheer after President Donald Trump said there are more women in Congress than ever before during his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan listen behind Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
Alice Johnson, who was granted clemency by President Trump in 2018 while serving a life sentence in a nonviolent drug case, wipes away tears as she sits with White House adviser Jared Kushner (C) and his wife Ivanka Trump (R) as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - WASHINGTON, DC: President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5, 2019. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
First Lady Melania Trump applauds young cancer survivor Grace Eline during U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - WASHINGTON, DC: President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5, 2019. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump in front of Vice President Mike Pence as the president arrives to deliver his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Democratic members of the U.S. Congress listen as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Attendees applaud as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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But it was Abrams’ powerful telling of a story from her own childhood in accordance to the concept of the American dream that had all ears ready to hear what she had to say about new tax policies and their effect on working-class Americans.

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First lady Melania Trump waves as she arrives for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump sits with her guests, young cancer survivor Grace Eline (C) and Joshua Trump (R), a 6th grade student from Delaware who has been bullied because of his last name, in the first ladies box as they attend U.S. President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Grace Eline and Joshua Trump greet first lady Melania Trump before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
First Lady Melania Trump applauds young cancer survivor Grace Eline during U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. first lady Melania Trump talks with Joshua Trump (C), a 6th grade student from Delaware who has been bullied because of his last name, and cancer survivor Grace Eline (L), as she arrives in the first lady's box to attend U.S. President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - WASHINGTON, DC: First Lady Melania Trump in the First Lady's box ahead of the State of the Union address, at the Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5, 2019. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
First lady Melania Trump talks with cancer survivor Grace Eline, her guest in the first ladies box, as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes as President Donald Trump mentions him as first lady Melania Trump looks on as U.S. President Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - WASHINGTON, DC: First Lady Melania Trump in the First Lady's box ahead of the State of the Union address, at the Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5, 2019. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
First Lady Melania Trump applauds young cancer survivor Grace Eline during U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young
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As tax season is well underway, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the Trump tax cuts and reforms are leaving more middle-class Americans (many of whom voted for Trump) with steep sums to pay back and little to no returns whatsoever.

Abrams sought to draw attention to raised cost of living in worker-centric areas, and how the Trump tax reforms have affected the job market and the working-class at large:

“Under the current administration, far too many hard-working Americans are falling behind, living paycheck to paycheck, most without labor unions to protect them from even worse harm. The Republican tax bill rigged the system against working people.”

Abrams continued:

“Rather than bringing back jobs, plants are closing, layoffs are looming and wages struggle to keep pace with the actual cost of living. We owe more to the millions of everyday folks who keep our economy running.”

To watch the full State of the Union Address, visit here

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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes
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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes

California

State income tax: 1% to 13.3% 

Maine

State income tax: 5.8% to 10.15%

Oregon

State income tax: 5% to 9.9%

Minnesota

State income tax: 5.35% to 9.85%

Iowa

State income tax: 0.36% to 8.98%

New Jersey

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.97%

Vermont

State income tax: 3.55% to 8.95%

Washington, DC

State income tax: 4% to 8.95%

New York

State income tax: 4% to 8.82%

Hawaii

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.25%

Wisconsin

State income tax: 4% to 7.65%

Idaho

State income tax: 1.6% to 7.4%

South Carolina

State income tax: 0% to 7%

Connecticut

State income tax: 3% to 6.99%

Arkansas

State income tax: 0.9% to 6.9%

Montana

State income tax: 1% to 6.9%

Nebraska

State income tax: 2.46% to 6.84%

Delaware

State income tax: 2.2% to 6.6%

West Virginia

State income tax: 3% to 6.5%

Georgia

State income tax: 1% to 6%

Kentucky

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Louisiana

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Missouri

State income tax: 1.5% to 6%

Rhode Island

State income tax: 3.75% to 5.99%

Maryland

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

North Carolina

State income tax: 5.75%

Virginia

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

Oklahoma

State income tax: 0.5% to 5.25%

Massachusetts

State income tax: 5.1%

Alabama

State income tax: 2% to 5%

Mississippi

State income tax: 3% to 5%

Utah

State income tax: 5%

Ohio

State income tax: 0.495% to 4.997%

New Mexico

State income tax: 1.7% to 4.9%

Colorado

State income tax: 4.63%

Kansas

State income tax: 2.7% to 4.6%

Arizona

State income tax: 2.59% to 4.54%

Michigan

State income tax: 4.25%

Illinois

State income tax: 3.75%

Indiana

State income tax: 3.3%

Pennsylvania

State income tax: 3.07%

North Dakota

State income tax: 1.1% to 2.9%

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