Afternoon updates - 35 HDem votes for Senate tax plan - Will call Quinn plan instead
Sunday, May 31, 2009
* 3:50 pm - Democratic Rep. Jack Franks just emerged from an ongoing House caucus meeting and said he’d be surprised that the Senate-approved income/sales tax increase would have 30 votes among House Democrats.
Franks also said he didn’t believe the tax proposal would even be called for a vote. That’s just one person’s view, mind you, but there you go.
* 3:56 pm - Here is Rep. Franks on taxes and the budget…
* 4:11 pm - Aother HDem just confirmed most of Rep Franks’ assessment of the fate if the tax bill.
* Another HDem emerge to confirm. She derided the service tax idea. “They want to tax diapers?”. Diaper services would be hit with the tax.
* 4:30 pm - 3 more HDems emerge to chronicle the disaster. One more reference to the “diaper tax.”.
* 4:41 pm - HDem caucus vote: 35 for Senate plan.
* 4:40 - Majority Leader Currie just told reporters that the Quinn tax hike plan will be called instead. That plan is unpopular in the Senate. Whiplash time.
* 4:57 pm - Leader Currie told me that it was still “possible” that the Senate plan could be called in the House today. But she didn’t define the parameters.
* 5:09 pm - Rep. Miller on what happened and what’s next…
* 5:11 pm - The Tribune has posted an online editorial blasting plans for “An irresponsible tax hike”…
It would be nice if they’d at least concede the fact that normal state revenues have dropped about $3 billion in this fiscal year alone.