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Trump tax reform eliminates local tax deductions, but is it a good thing?

Phillip Molnar, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, May 5, 2017

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U.S. National Economic Director Gary Cohn (L) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin react to questioU.S. National Economic Director Gary Cohn (L) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin react to questions while unveiling the Trump administration's tax reform proposal in the White House briefing room in Washington, U.S, April 26, 2017. (CARLOS BARRIA / Reuters Photo)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System - NO: Eliminating tax breaks or deductions “allowing” workers to keep more of their hard-earned money is not a subsidy in any true sense. Such deductions are simply a means of being fleeced less intensely than otherwise. If a robber commits highway robbery, and the victim persuades the robber to allow him to keep something for bus fare, this is scarcely a subsidy or allowance to one’s own earnings, particularly in an already high-tax state like California.