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Senate tax bill would end popular tax break used by 1 in 3 Californians

California's Republican members may have hoped the Senate tax bill unveiled Thursday would revive the popular deductions for all state income and property taxes, but it doesn't.

Getting rid of state and local tax deductions is a blow to residents of high tax states, including California, where 1 in 3 people claim the deduction.

California's 14 Republicans weren't part of a recent compromise between House leaders and New York and New Jersey lawmakers to preserve the property tax portion of the deduction, capped at $10,000 per household. That deal helped East Coast states with high property taxes, but didn't do much for Californians, where property taxes are lower. 

As Democrats in a Republican-held Senate, California's U.S. senators won't have much power to push back against the elimination of the deduction.

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