FILL IN THE GAPS

Paul Fogleman,

The GOP-dominated Legislature has passed a $22.35 budget. It includes a lower income tax by raising the non-taxable cap to $17,500. Families earning less than this will not have to file state taxes. But there’s a new stream of income to make up for lost revenue to the state: consumer-driven fees and taxes. The budget expects an increase of sales taxes of $22.4 million from the levy of sales taxes on services.

This weekend the lawmakers were creating “technical corrections” bills in the House and Senate to supplement the special provisions section of the budget. This section spells out in detail the policies legislators attached to the spending.

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