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Who is Shahira Knight, the woman behind Trump’s tax overhaul?

By WITW Staff on May 15, 2017

On April 26, the White House released a broad outline of its plan to overhaul — and simplify — the tax code. One of the thinkers behind Trump’s controversial tax plan is Shahira Knight, an accomplished economist with previous government experience.

As Bloomberg reports, Knight serves on the National Economic Council as a special assistant to Trump for tax and retirement policy. She was formerly a staff member for Congress’s Joint Economic Committee and between 1998 and 2006, she worked on the House Ways and Means Committee. Knight played a key role in the tax cuts of the Bush era, and the Trump administration may temporarily enact similar cuts if the House and Senate cannot reach an agreement on policy.

Speaking to The New York Times in the weeks before the plan was unveiled, Knight said that one of the administration’s main goals is to curb corporate tax rates and rates paid by middle-class Americans. “Jobs, jobs, and more jobs — and then some more jobs after that,” she said. “We kind of view tax reform completely through a job lens.” Knight, 46, is reportedly one of the few senior administration officials with actual tax policy experience.

Read more at Bloomberg.


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