Issa pushes back against Calif. governor in tax debate

By Christina Marcos |

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) pushed back on Friday against his state’s governor’s warning about the proposed elimination of a deduction for state and local taxes in GOP plans for tax reform.

California is one of the populous, high-tax states that could suffer the most if Republicans decide to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT).

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, sent letters to the Republican members of the California delegation this week, urging them all to oppose any proposal that takes away the deduction.

“Getting rid of an individual’s ability to deduct his or her California taxes is a horrible idea, but it is made far worse when you preserve — at the same time — the right of corporations to take those same deductions,” Brown wrote.

House Republicans narrowly adopted a budget on Thursday that paves the way for the party to pass a tax overhaul without any Democratic support in the Senate. The budget allows the GOP’s tax bill to raise the deficit by $1.5 trillion…read more