Darrell Issa. Photo from Facebook timeline

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted Issa as describing an end to the deduction as a “common sense proposal.”

Rep. Darrell Issa and Gov. Jerry Brown sparred this week over whether Republican-led federal tax reform should eliminate the deduction for state and local tax payments.

Brown sent Issa a letter on Wednesday asking him as a “fellow citizen of California” to “vote NO on any proposal that would take away the right of our people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill.”

Issa fired back in a letter Friday that ending the deduction is only a problem for Californians because state taxes are too high.

“I recognize the role of state and local tax deduction to reduce the tax burden on many Californians, but let’s be clear: it has only become of such importance as a direct result of the tremendous weight that your misguided policies have put on California taxpayers,” he wrote.

Issa and the 13 other House Republicans from California voted in favor of their party’s budget on Thursday, advancing an effort to rewrite the tax code for the first time in 30 years. The framework for the proposed legislation would eliminate most itemized deductions to pay for the tax cuts.

The deduction for state and local taxes is the biggest, and eliminating it would effect more than 6 million California taxpayers.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.