by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have been talking about major tax reform for North Carolina. John Gizzi reports for Human Events that U.S. House Republicans could push the issue at the federal level as well.
House Republicans, criticized as being the “party of no,” will use this session of Congress to offer a comprehensive plan for major tax reform.
No specifics have been released so far, but at their retreat at the Kingsmill Resort Thursday, House Republicans discussed the idea of tax reform extensively during closed-door meetings. From the accounts of all the lawmakers who talked to Human Events, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R.-Mich.) was the major force behind pushing a tax reform agenda.
“We didn’t just talk about a tax cut, but serious reform of the tax code that would make our economy competitive enough to create new jobs,” Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) told us after emerging from one of the sessions of his colleagues.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was also a strong proponent of the party pushing tax reform as a major part of the GOP agenda this year.
“It’s definitely one of the options,” Ryan told reporters. “We’re serious about doing tax reform. That would be a big step toward getting rid of crony capitalism because it is made possible through the tax code. Ending crony capitalism would lead to better international competition and that would create jobs. One way or another, let’s do it.”