Governor’s Budget Plan Deserves Scrutiny

The legislative session started Feb. 6 with the governor giving her budget plan in her State of the State address. There were some positives in the governor’s proposal; however, there were plenty of tax policy questions that give me some heartburn.

The governor would do away with the grocery tax, calling it the “the most regressive tax on the books today.” She said this would save the average family of four between $350 and $676 a year. While this certainly sounds appealing, I would want to see the impact this would have on our local municipalities. Giving a family a savings on one hand and removing services on the other may not be the kind of help we want or need.

The governor also would do away with the corporate income tax, calling this “one of the most volatile sources of revenue” for the state. This idea has some merit, and I will aggressively look at all options of this.



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