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State lawmakers comment on proposed GOP tax plan

The House passed the GOP tax plan on Thursday that is now making its way to the senate.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 11:22 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2017 11:24 PM

UTICA- The House passed the GOP tax plan on Thursday that is now making its way to the senate.

The bill could make changes to small business, wealthier residents, income tax and state income tax deductions.

According to state lawmakers, Senator Joe Griffo and Senate Majority leader John Flanagan, state income tax deductions would hurt thousands of New Yorkers.

They said New York already pays a lot of money to the federal government, and doesn't get as much in return.

Flanagan said in his district (Suffolk County), at least 300,000 residents could see a big tax increase if the senate decides to pass the bill. State lawmakers said they would be in contact with lawmakers at the federal level.

"Either take a look at putting a cap on, so that people have so much they can deduct," said Senator Joe Griffo. Senator John Flanagan added," I don't want any tax increases, the whole point of the tax reform is to reduce people's taxes, not raise them," he said.

The senate will vote on the plan, the date is yet to be determined.

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