The top Democrat on the House tax-writing committee defended itemized tax deductions Friday that would be repealed under some tax reform proposals, but did not take a position on whether to maintain the federal tax exemption for interest earnings from state and local bonds.

Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., the ranking minority member on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters that the tax-exempt status for state and local debt is something “we need to take a hard look at.”

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