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Hagan talks tax reform

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

In an interview with Senator Kay Hagan, the senator didn't miss an opportunity to stress tax reform and job creation, especially when it comes to our men and women in uniform.

"We need tax reform. We haven't had it since 1986. But it also needs to be a balanced plan." Kagan said.

In a response to the Senate Finance Committee regarding tax reform, Hagan and nine colleagues urged leaders to consider keeping two tax credits.

"The earned income tax credit and the child tax credit are very important to our military families especially in North Carolina."

Come tax time, 64,000 military families in North Carolina claim those credits. They are part of the thousands of middle class families it also helps.

"As we look at reforming the tax code, we obviously need to look at loopholes, we need to look at credits and see which ones should remain on the books and I think the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit are two that should stay on the books."

When asked if she would work with Republicans, Hagan says she's willing. However, the letter she signed doesn't have the signature of a single GOP member.

"The two things people talk to me about is jobs and partisan gridlock, they want us to work together which I pledged to do."

Also in the interview, Hagan frowned upon some of the decisions made by the state's Republican controlled legislature.

"Some of the issues that I've seen take place is certainly looking the other way and it's certainly not focusing on jobs."

This session, the General Assembly also ended state level earned income tax credits; which is why Hagan says she's fighting to preserve them on the federal level.

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