Repealing the state and local tax deduction on federal income taxes is critical to boosting the economy, a state lawmaker from Pennsylvania says.

“I think if you look at the general principle of tax reform, it is not for more spending in government. It is actually to incentivize our economy and grow our economy,”  state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, said Monday at a tax reform discussion at The Heritage Foundation, adding:

As a state legislator [whose state] hit an economic slump last year, you know, Pennsylvania is still not kind of out of the recession … it is imperative that we continue to grow our economy, and by doing tax rate adjustments, broad-based tax reform, we’re able to get there.

The GOP tax plan released Thursday by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other Republican leaders seeks to scale back the state and local tax deduction, which allows taxpayers who itemize instead of taking the standard deduction to deduct from their federal taxable income any property and income taxes paid to state or local governments, Adam Michel, a tax policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

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