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