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Washington, September 28, 2017 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Economic opportunities are abound in Georgia, and the 10th District certainly is no exception. In the Covington-Newton County area, the explosive growth of the film and manufacturing industries is welcoming new ventures, like Three Ring Studios, Shire Biologics, and General Mills, to its community. I’m also encouraged by expansions that are happening in Milledgeville and Monticello such as the development of Norton Packaging.

But progress shouldn’t be limited to certain areas, which is why I’m dedicated to helping all of my constituents achieve the American Dream and businesses of all sizes to grow and thrive. That’s the idea behind the GOP’s new tax plan, which will expand opportunities for growth throughout the 10th District, the State of Georgia, and the Nation as a whole by providing the first major overhaul of the tax code in more than 30 years.

This new plan focuses on bolstering and empowering the middle class by doubling the Standard Deduction and significantly increasing the Child Tax Credit so families can keep more of their paychecks. At the same time, the plan retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest, charitable contributions, higher education, and retirement security. Importantly, it will also create a new tax structure with a special 25 percent rate just for small businesses – much lower than the current rate, which can reach as high as 44.6 percent. We’re also working to shrink the current number of tax brackets from seven to three. These provisions and others will help make our country more competitive overseas, while creating jobs right here at home.

Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours every year just complying with our overly burdensome tax code. Vice President Mike Pence recently joked that “the tax code is 10 times the length of the Bible, with none of the good news.” It’s high time we  change that.

The new framework aims to simplify what’s complicated and make fair what has been unfair for far too long. I am extremely encouraged by these steps and am certain that we are moving in the right direction. While the process is still ongoing, I am confident that my colleagues and I in Congress will enact meaningful, lasting change that will let you keep more of your hard-earned money. You can learn more about our upcoming tax plan here.

First featured on Sunday, October 1st in the Walton Tribune.

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