President Trump to tout tax plan in Harrisburg, not Hamburg

White House flubbed on earlier announcement

WASHINGTON - One is the capital of Pennsylvania; the other is a small borough in Berks County. One will be hosting the president of the United States next week; the other will not.

The White House said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders flubbed in announcing Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump will be visiting Hamburg to promote his tax cut plan next week.

The president, instead, will be traveling to Harrisburg.

President Trump, who last year became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988, has promised Americans "the largest tax cut in our country's history," deriding the current tax system as a "relic" and a "colossal barrier" standing in the way of the nation's economic comeback.

"The importance of passing tax relief for American workers and business cannot be overstated," Sanders said Friday. "We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a tax code that is simple, fair, and easy to understand."

The poorest Americans, however, would get an average tax cut of about $60 a year, according to the Tax Policy Center. Middle-income families would get about $300 on average.

"There's no significant benefit for low-income families," said Elaine Maag, a senior research associate at the Tax Policy Center. "It's important because when low-income families get money they tend to spend it, putting it right back into the economy. High-income families tend to save it."

Most of the tax cuts, according to the Tax Policy Center's analysis, would go to the wealthiest Americans. For example, the top one percent - families making about $700,000 a year - would get an average tax cut of $129,000.

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