The recently released details of the House version of tax reform show that Congress does not plan to repeal the state and local tax (SALT) deduction entirely, opting instead to retain the property tax deduction. Yet in the buildup to the release of tax reform legislation, writers in conservative outlets such as the Foundation for Economic Education and the Washington Examiner have been arguing that conservatives should support retaining SALT in its entirety. This is a mistaken viewpoint, one that is incompatible with conservative principles. The GOP House was wise not to heed it.
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