Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state Attorney General Bill Schuette added their names to those supporting President Donald Trump's call for a tax reform bill to pass Congress quickly.
With both chambers of Congress trying to wrap up work on a tax reform bill by Christmas, the White House put out a statement Tuesday with messages of support from more than three dozen state officials from across the U.S.
Joining 25 mostly Republican governors, Snyder said, "It has been more than 30 years since Washington, D.C. passed major tax reform. Since then, the tax code has become a 74,000-page Goliath puzzling American families and businesses."
He continued: "We need reform now to ensure Americans receive much-needed tax relief, provide a boost to our nation’s economic growth and allow millions of workers to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
While the House and Senate still have to release a conference report settling their differences over tax reform, the Republican-led Congress is widely expected to produce legislation that significantly lowers the corporate tax rate and simplifies and lowers individual income tax rates while getting rid of some currently itemized deductions.
Calley, joining a group of seven lieutenant governors pushing reform, said the plan Trump unveiled last month "will be a game changer for all Americans. We know its principles are sound because of our experience here in Michigan. A simple, fair and efficient tax code will go a long way for everyone.”
Added Schuette: “The last president to reform America’s tax code was Ronald Reagan. During his time in office, America added 15.9 million jobs, an increase in the nation’s workforce of more than 17%."
"Now more than ever, our economy needs a booster shot. President Trump’s tax reform is just what the doctor ordered to simplify the code, create more jobs and spur greater growth in our economy," he said.
Many Democrats, however, question the soundness of the tax plan under consideration, noting that some middle-income taxpayers will pay higher taxes because of lost deductions and that much of the benefit will accrue to the wealthy and business owners without ample proof that will result in job creation and higher wages.
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