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Treasury chief says U.S. can achieve 3 percent economic growth

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says a goal of 3 percent economic growth is achievable if the United States makes historic changes in taxes and regulation.

Mnuchin is testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee -- his first appearance before that committee since being sworn in.

He says 100 people at his department are working on overhauling the tax system -- and the Trump administration's goal is to bring "meaningful relief" to the middle class and makes American businesses competitive.

Mnuchin says the Treasury Department is preparing a report on regulatory changes for the finance system. He says it'll be broader than undoing much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted under President Barack Obama.

Mnuchin says the report will focus on providing relief to community banks.