A coalition of nonpartisan groups representing state and local governments is asking Congress to preserve a popular income tax deduction, as well as an exemption on interest earned from municipal bonds.

The coalition, known as the Big 7, consists of the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments, the National League of Cities, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International City/County Management Association.

Controversy over municipal bonds comes up every few years, said Charles Henck, an attorney and partner in the Washington office of Ballard Spahr LLP who specializes in tax matters.

The bonds are the primary method used by states and local governments to finance public projects, including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and water infrastructure. They could become an important method for financing some of the $1 trillion worth of infrastructure spending advocated by President Donald Trump.

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