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Is the State Senate Holding Tax Cuts Hostage?

"If we walk away from this session and we can't come to an agreement on a tax package, God help us." - House Finance and Taxation Chairman Craig Headland

The fight over this session’s approach to cutting taxes seems to have reached a stalemate, and the prospect that taxpayers could walk away with nothing seems to be increasing by the day.

On March 30th, I wrote about how the Senate was making a power-play move with HB 1158 to remove the Flat Tax Reform features of the original bill, and inject a continuation of the failed property tax buydown program that has been funded to the tune of $7 billion over the last 13 years with no one very happy with the results.

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This is despite the fact that Senate Majority Leader David Hogue had previously stated on video he believed that the end result would be a combination of a flat tax and property tax buydown.

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Watch now (5 min) | In the video above, we get an update from Senate Majority Leader David Hogue outlining what he believes will be the tax reform/relief plan to come out of the 2023 session. In summary, Senator Hogue says: On income tax, it will be a scaled-down flat tax plan where the first bracket is eliminated, with the income in that bracket exempted and income beyond t…
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Since March 30th, the HB 1158 conference committee has had nine (9) meetings and has struggled to get off the starting block.

Yesterday, a sheet of new options was submitted to the committee, but not discussed that much.

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