WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan has highlighted on Twitter a school secretary benefiting from the Republican tax overhaul, then deleted the tweet after online criticism that he is cheering an increase of $1.50 a week.
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger paychecks, citing as one example Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose check went up $1.50 a week.
She mentioned that this increase allowed her to keep her Costco membership and it was unclear if she was being facetious or not. But the internet was not kind to Ryan.
On Saturday he posted a Tweet noting the secretary’s increase and linking to the AP story in a boastful manner. He has posted several other examples of worker pay increases and bonuses since the overhaul, some as much as $1,000.
Ryan’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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