Vice President Pence promises tax code cuts in Auburn Hills

- Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a huge crowd including automotive workers at American Axle Thursday in Auburn Hills.

Those who attended say they like the plan, but will have to see if the administration can deliver on real tax reform.

"It sounds more like details, and a plan they have in set, than just a campaign," said Christopher Neihoff, American Axle employee.

Pence began his speech at American Axle around 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, lasting for roughly 23 minutes. His main focus during his visit to Michigan was to push President Donald Trump's plan for tax reform, laying out some of the key points.

"We're going to make sure that working families pay zero federal taxes on their first $24,000 in income by doubling the standard deduction for working families," Pence said. "We're going to expand the child tax credit because families deserve relief for investing in our most precious resource, our wonderful children in the next generation. And as I mentioned, President Trump is going to repeal death taxes, all death will no longer be a taxable event."

Pence also received support by Gov. Rick Snyder.

"If you want to have a tax system, there are three key words you should always look for - is it simple, is it fair, is it efficient," Snyder said. "If you look at the current revenue code, it's confusing, it's complex, and it's inefficient."

But one argument opposing lawmakers have made is these kind of tax breaks could cost - billions and possibly trillions over a decade.

However, Pence believes everyone can find a middle ground, and this plan could work.

"But as President Trump said yesterday, tax reform has historically not been a partisan issue, and it doesn't have to be a partisan issue today."

If we're talking about history, the everyday middle class hard working American says we will have to wait and see.

"A lot of promises were made, and we've got to see something happen," said employee Shaonton Newsom. "It's about that time."

"It sounds great," said employee Christopher Neihoff. "I'm hoping he can keep the promises. everybody wants money back in their pockets, they want businesses to boom. we want jobs, we want all of this for our families, our future, and our kids, and this is what we need in this country."

Vice President Mike Pence also promised that filing taxes will become much simpler under the plan, saying that nearly every American will be able to file their taxes, by themselves, on a single sheet of paper.
 

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