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Trump tax plan looms in congressional district race in north LA

A line of more than 200 people snakes around the Palmdale City Council chamber ahead of a debate between Katie Hill and U.S. Rep. Steve Knight.
A line of more than 200 people snakes around the Palmdale City Council chamber ahead of a debate between Katie Hill and U.S. Rep. Steve Knight.
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The latest polls show Democratic challenger Katie Hill almost neck and neck with Republican incumbent Steve Knight in the race for the 25th Congressional District, and a five-letter word could tip the scale for voters: taxes.

The district, which includes Northern Los Angeles and parts of Ventura Counties, was once a bankable GOP stronghold, but its demographic makeup has been changing. Two years ago, Hillary Clinton won the district over Donald Trump. 

Knight’s vote, among that of other Republicans, helped push President Trump’s tax plan out of the U.S. House. He told KPCC that the economy has improved under Trump and tax cuts mean a lot for people in the district.

His opponent, Hill, along with some analysts disagree, saying that the tax plan could ultimately have detrimental effects on residents of his district. 

In late September, the House voted to extend many of the tax plan's controversial cuts indefinitely. The Senate is not expected to debate it before next month's midterm election, meaning that the financial future of many in the 25th District could be in the hands of voters.