Morning Read: Cuccinelli Tax Plan Calls For $1.4 Billion In Tax Cuts

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli released his tax plan Tuesday that would cut about $1.4 billion in taxes by reducing the state’s personal income and corporate tax rate.

His proposed plan, “Economic Growth and Virginia Jobs Plan,” would reduce the personal income tax from 5.75 percent to 5 percent and the corporate tax rate from 6 percent to 4 percent.

He says he would help offset these revenue losses by identifying and eliminating “outdated exemptions and loopholes that promote crony capitalism.” He did not specifiy which loopholes he would close.

“The plan is driven by three over-arching goals: Make Virginia more attractive to job creators and open to business development; allow Virginia workers and families to take home more of their hard-earned pay; and put a cap on government spending so that it doesn’t outpace the growth of inflation plus population,” he wrote in a press release.

Read the plan here.


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