Agriculture Secretary and Wisconsin Senators on tax plan impacts

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “I think this economy is going to take off," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

That was Perdue's prediction for what could happen if the senate’s proposed tax plan becomes law.

“Farmers are pretty smart people, they like it fairer, they like it simpler and they like to pay less," Perdue added.

In a one-on-one interview, Perdue told us farmers and small businesses will gain more benefits than they lose under the plan.

The Conservative-backed 45Committee is spending big money to spread that message promising the tax bill will bring about 18,000 jobs to the Badger State. That’s not how Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin sees it.

“This bill really sends the maximum benefits to the very top," Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said.

Baldwin said the senate plan favors the wealthy and major corporations, over small businesses and farmers. The Democrat said the Republican majority isn’t listening to her concerns.

“We’ve been excluded from the table," she added.

Leadership is listening to Wisconsin’s other Senator. Republican Ron Johnson’s worries corporation’s benefit more than other companies where owners are responsible for the businesses tax bills.

While his party did tweak language to win him over he said the bill doesn’t have his support yet.

On Wednesday, Johnson voted to let the tax debate continue, but it’s unclear whether he’ll vote for it in the end.

Meanwhile Agriculture Secretary Perdue told us he is confident Americans will have, as he said President Trump promised, a great tax cut by Christmas.

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