Both parties banking on tax bill as a 2018 campaign issue

With the federal tax overhaul now law, Missouri’s political candidates in both parties are highlighting their support or opposition of the measure as they try to appeal to voters as the 2018 campaign cycle gets underway.

State Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, is particularly aggressive in using the tax law for his  initial attacks against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Hawley says he’s surprised that McCaskill would vote against the overall bill after she succeeded in adding a provision barring companies from seeking tax deductions on money paid to victims, or their attorneys, in work-related harassment or assault cases.

Overall, Hawley called the tax overhaul “a great start to providing meaningful tax relief for working people and working families, which is desperately needed.”

McCaskill campaign spokeswoman Meira Bernstein replied that the senator’s success in tacking on a sexual-harassment provision didn’t negate her overall dissatisfaction with the final version of the bill.

“Josh Hawley’s support for a bill that overwhelmingly favors the ultra-wealthy while middle-class Missourians get crumbs is further proof that he should stop listening to his party leaders in D.C. and start listening to Missourians,” Bernstein said.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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