Rep. John Curtis confident Utahns will like new tax bill — eventually

FILE – The newest member of the state’s congressional delegation, Rep. John Curtis, said he expects Utahns will like the just-passed Republican tax bill even though it may take some time for them to come around.

SALT LAKE CITY — The newest member of the state’s congressional delegation, Rep. John Curtis, said he expects Utahns will like the just-passed Republican tax bill even though it may take some time for them to come around.

“I believe, or I wouldn’t have voted for it, that it will be received well, that it’s the right thing for the state and it is the right thing for the country,” Curtis told members of the Deseret News and KSL editorial boards Wednesday.

But the 3rd District representative, sworn into office last month after winning a special election to fill the remaining year of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s term, acknowledged the tax overhaul could be a tough sell to some.

The tax cuts pushed by President Donald Trump and passed without Democratic support have not been popular nationally, with only a quarter of Americans calling the plan a good idea in a December NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Curtis said opponents had the “easy talking points of, it’s a tax cut for the rich. We have the very difficult part of explaining” how taxpayers will actually be affected by the reductions in rates and changes to the code.

“I believe it won’t be until people start sitting down and seeing the impact in their lives and in their own individual situations — it will be at that point at which they start grasping how good this is for everybody, not just for the rich,” he said.

The former Provo mayor used his son-in-law as an example of someone who expects to…

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