Culinary Association calls Trump’s promise to eliminate tip taxes ‘wild campaign promises’
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Culinary Association calls Trump’s promise to eliminate tip taxes ‘wild campaign promises’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Culinary Union Local 226 is citing former President Donald Trump’s pledge at his weekend rally in Las Vegas to eliminate taxes on tip income as nothing more than “crazy campaign promises.”

Temperatures were high at Trump’s rally on Sunday, and so was some of the rhetoric. Trump, fresh off his conviction, whipped up the crowd with a widely reported statement on taxes and tips aimed directly at the thousands of Nevadans who rely on tips to supplement their income.

“I’m saying this for the first time, and hotel workers and tipped people are going to be very happy because when I get to the office, we’re not going to be collecting tip taxes from people who tip,” Trump said Sunday during a campaign rally in Sunset Park.

In a tourism-driven economy like Las Vegas, that kind of statement can be music to the ears of thousands of Culinary Union members who work as room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellboys, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen staff.

“For decades, the Culinary Union has fought for the rights of tipped workers and against unfair taxation,” union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said in a press release. “Help is definitely needed for tip earners, but Nevada workers are smart enough to know the difference between real solutions and crazy campaign promises made by a convicted felon.”

The union represents 60,000 workers in Nevada, and 60% of members are immigrants and more than half are women, the union said.

Nevada is one of seven swing states that could determine the outcome of the election. An Emerson College poll released in May showed Trump with a slim 1% lead over Biden in Nevada. The June 5-7 CBS poll shows Trump leading by 1% nationwide, except in battleground states where Biden leads by 1%.