Trump Pitches Plan To Scrap Tax On Tips In Nevada Rally — Culinary Union Responds, 'Wild Campaign Promises From A Convicted Felon'

Former President Donald Trump proposed a plan to eliminate taxes on tips at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday. The move is seen as an attempt to win over service industry workers in a crucial swing state.

What Happened: Trump’s proposal, announced at his first campaign rally since his recent conviction in a New York hush money trial, was met with criticism from the influential Culinary Union in Nevada, CNN reported. The union dismissed the plan as “wild campaign promises from a convicted felon.”

Trump’s Nevada visit follows a series of high-profile events, including fundraisers in California and a campaign town hall in Arizona. His campaign and the Republican National Committee reportedly raised $27.5 million from these fundraisers.

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The former president’s visit to Nevada is strategically timed, as the campaign aims to redirect attention to his general election message following a seven-week criminal trial. During his visit, the Trump campaign also launched a new “Latino Americans for Trump” coalition, signaling a shift in Hispanic voter sentiment in the traditionally Democratic state.

Why It Matters: The proposal to eliminate taxes on tips comes at a time when the hospitality industry is grappling with a phenomenon known as ‘tipflation’. A recent Bankrate poll revealed that 60% of respondents were dissatisfied with the increasing requests for tips, with 35% considering the trend entirely excessive. This has led to a decrease in tips received, as customers increasingly resist the pressure.

Trump’s proposal could potentially alleviate this issue, especially in a state like Nevada, which was particularly hard hit by the pandemic due to its reliance on tourism and hospitality. The move could reportedly also play a crucial role in swaying Hispanic voters, who make up a significant portion of the state’s electorate.

Trump’s tax plan has also been a topic of interest, with a recent Benzinga article highlighting how wealthy households stand to benefit from his proposed $10-$12 trillion tax cuts. This, along with other policy proposals, could have a significant impact on the upcoming elections.

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This story was generated using Benzinga Neuro and edited by Shivdeep Dhaliwal

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