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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 InsleeBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Thousands of troops dig in for inauguration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters 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 BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough 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.