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Mnuchin Touts GOP Tax Plan During Columbus Appearance

Nov 15, 2017

Steve Mnuchin (R) during Columbus appearance
Credit Ohio Public Radio

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was in Columbus yesterday to promote the  1.5 trillion dollar Republican tax plan being considered on Capitol Hill.

Two dozen Democrats staged a demonstration outside of the place where he appeared. Ohio Public Radio's  Karen Kasler reports.


Protestors were waiting for Steve Mnuchin, led by Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper, who said Ohio has trailed the national recovery for 57 months and suffered with stagnant wages for decades.

 

“It’s ironic that he’s here to tout a trickle-down economics plan when the very approach in Ohio has actually been such a glaring failure.”

 

Inside the luncheon with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Mnuchin spoke to a mostly friendly audience, though he was asked about a controversial point – limiting or eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

 

“Fundamentally we believe that the federal government should get out of the business of subsidizing the states.”

Mnuchin said he thinks lawmakers will land on dropping the 35 percent corporate tax rate to what he called a very competitive rate of 20 percent. He said the House will vote on its version on Thursday and the Senate will vote on its separate bill after Thanksgiving, but Mnuchin said he’s confident there will be a plan for Trump to sign by the end of the year. The Congressional Budget Office has said unless Congress waives a specific rule, this tax cut could trigger $136 billion in automatic spending cuts.