Local congressman discusses plan for tax reform


SARASOTA — U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan is back on the Suncoast for the August recess, and he’s talking about tax reform.

That’s considered the next major legislative priority on Capitol Hill.

Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, tells SNN he understands people are dissatisfied with the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. But he’s confident that tax reform to help residents and businesses can get done by the end of the year.

“After the first of the year, we’d like to see everyone get a pay increase, and we can do that by paying less money into the federal government,” Buchanan said. “So if someone is making after two weeks $1,000, maybe they can get $1,050.

“That’s our goal to get them a pay increase. Secondly, if businesses have a little more money they retain, they be able to hire more for ideally good paying jobs.”

Buchanan also says he’d like to see the corporate tax rate be dropped to 20 percent. The congressman tells SNN he has a bill that would give parity to small businesses, so they would be taxed at the same 20–percent rate as large corporations.


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Grant Boxleitner is the SNN evening news anchor. He joined the SNN news team in October 2009 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Boxleitner covered the British tourist murders, a story that made international headlines. He was a member of the SNN reporting team that won a Telly Award for the 10th anniversary 9/11 special about the Suncoast’s connections to the terrorist attacks. He also covered 2012 visits to Sarasota by Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden. Boxleitner was named co-anchor of the SNN Morning Edition in March 2014. He anchored SNN's live 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary coverage and anchored coverage of live speeches from the candidates throughout the campaign. In March 2016, he was named SNN evening news anchor. He hosts the weekly SNN feature segment, "Feel Good Friday." You hear his voice at Ed Smith Stadium as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles spring training games. Boxleitner has been a journalist in Southwest Florida since 1997. He joined WBBH-TV NBC-2 in Fort Myers as a reporter in September 2006, fulfilling a longtime career goal of breaking into television news after beginning his career in newspapers. Boxleitner grew up in Marengo, Ill., and is a U.S. Army veteran, completing a combat mission during Desert Storm. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. During his time in Florida, he completed a master’s degree in media and journalism studies at USF-St. Petersburg. When he’s not on the air, you may find him working out at the YMCA, eating in a Suncoast restaurant or spending time with family and friends.


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