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Van Hollen leads unsuccessful first effort to preserve tax deduction popular in Maryland

Van Hollen leads unsuccessful first effort to preserve tax deduction popular in Maryland

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, failed Thursday to preserve a state and local tax deduction in the Republican plan to overhaul the tax code — the first effort to maintain a deduction that is heavily used by Marylanders.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52-47 to reject an amendment that would have prevented the Senate from considering any bill that repeals or limits the deduction as part of a planned tax overhaul.

No Republicans supported the amendment.

Forty-five percent of Maryland filers took the deduction in 2014, the highest share in the country, according to the Tax Policy Center. Most of the states that would be most affected by ending the...

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