Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP law­mak­ers balk on plan

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON » House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thurs­day lam­basted high­tax states like Cal­i­for­nia, New York and New Jersey, ar­gu­ing the rest of the coun­try is “prop­ping up prof­li­gate, big-gov­ern­ment states” even as they pay bil­lions more in taxes than they re­ceive in re­turn from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Ryan’s at­tack came as he de­fended the Repub­li­can tax pro­posal to re­peal the fed­eral de­duc­tion for state and lo­cal taxes, say­ing it has forced the rest of the coun­try to sup­port those states’ high taxes and reck­less spend­ing.

House Repub­li­cans from those states are buck­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tax over­haul plan and GOP lead­er­ship over the pop­u­lar tax de­duc­tion. The move to end the state­lo­cal de­duc­tion has an­gered GOP law­mak­ers and caused them to balk at back­ing the nearly $6 tril­lion tax over­haul plan. The de­duc­tion, claimed by about 44 mil­lion peo­ple costs the gov­ern­ment about $1.3 tril­lion in lost rev­enue over 10 years.

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