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Perry unveils plans for flat tax

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LAS VEGAS — Speaking to a crowd here at the Venetian Showroom, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would be rolling out plans to scrap the federal tax code with a flat tax.

The Texas governor said his proposal would replace “the three million words of the current tax code and [start] over with something simpler — a flat tax.” He also took a shot at the previous tax woes of the Obama administration’s treasure secretary.

“I want to make the tax code so simple that even Timothy Geithner can file his taxes on time,” he said.

The announcement comes days after Mr. Perry rolled out an energy plan that calls for opening up federal lands and waters to offshore drilling and pushing back against the Obama administration’s far-reaching Environmental Protection Agency. The plan, he said, could generate upwards of 1.2 million jobs and could be done in large part through executive orders, without the approval of Congress.

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