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Inslee calls for repealing key Trump tax provision as part of education plan

Inslee calls for repealing key Trump tax provision as part of education plan

Democratic presidential candidate Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBeyond California, a record year for recalls Seattle is first major US city to see 70 percent of residents fully vaccinated, mayor says Rivers, hydropower and climate resilience MORE on Friday called for repealing the GOP taw law's cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction as part of his plan to modernize the U.S. education system.

The Washington governor's proposal includes repealing the SALT deduction cap as a way to invest in educators and cites an estimate from the National Education Association that says the deduction limits put at risk as much as $150 billion in revenue that supports K-12 public education.

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"These impacts are yet one more example of how the Trump tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy have continued the persistent efforts of right-wing and corporate special interests to undermine access to a quality public education, and Governor Inslee will bring this to an end," the plan states.

GOP lawmakers capped the SALT deduction at $10,000 in their 2017 law because doing so would raise revenue to help offset the cost of tax cuts elsewhere in the legislation. Republicans argue that limiting the deduction helps prevent the federal tax code from subsidizing higher state taxes.

But Democrats, as well as some Republicans who live in high-tax states, have been critical of the SALT deduction cap, arguing it hurts their residents and the ability of their communities to provide services.

The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee held hearings last month on the SALT deduction cap, but Democrats face challenges to undoing the cap since a repeal would primarily benefit high-income taxpayers.

Inslee has joined a coalition of governors who are pushing to restore the full SALT deduction.

Several other Democratic presidential candidates, such as Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCosmetic chemicals need a makeover Overnight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Top general: Military justice overhaul proposed by Gillibrand 'requires some detailed study' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDemocrats learn hard truths about Capitol breach Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Abbott says he'll solicit public donations for border wall MORE (D-Calif.), have cosponsored legislation that would restore the full SALT deduction and raise the top individual tax rate from 37 percent to 39.6 percent. However, repealing the SALT deduction hasn't been a prominent topic in their campaigns.