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House Revenue Committee approves Senate income tax rate bill

Friday, May 24, 2019

* The House Revenue Committee approved SB687 this morning, which is the Senate Democrats’ income tax rate bill that tweaked the governor’s proposed rates.

The bill passed on a partisan roll call. Democratic Reps. Sam Yingling and Jonathan Carroll were not present for the hearing and were replaced with substitute Dems. The two have said in the past that they opposed the graduated income tax proposal, but Carroll voted to send the constitutional amendment to the floor the other day. You’d think if they were still solidly against the governor’s plan they would’ve made it a point to attend today’s hearing.

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16 Comments
  1. - Grandson of Man - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    I’d think it would be real disrespectful to vote for something in committee only to kill it on the floor, especially when the biggest proponent is a member of the same political party and de facto leader of it.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:24 am:

    ===You’d think if they were still solidly against the governor’s plan they would’ve made it a point to attend today’s hearing.===

    Easier to walk then be “Red”?

    Dunkin, Franks, and Drury, they’re not.


  3. - Arsenal - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    ==You’d think if they were still solidly against the governor’s plan they would’ve made it a point to attend today’s hearing.==

    Are they really against it, or do they just want to be seen as being skeptical?

    I ain’t even mad. Constituent management is part of the job.


  4. - Ok - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    This song comes to mind…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg


  5. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    Their absence from the committee vote says more about the state of the Dem party/leadership. Same thing happened on Willis gun amendment - two Dems from gun friendly districts skipped . Dems that are not solidly toeing the party line are conveniently missing committee votes. I suppose it is a delaying tactic at best, they will have to take a stand on third reading vote.


  6. - wordslinger - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:34 am:

    –You’d think if they were still solidly against the governor’s plan they would’ve made it a point to attend today’s hearing.–

    Ubi est mea?


  7. - Grandson of Man - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:38 am:

    “Constituent management is part of the job.”

    They have a tremendous amount of leverage. It should be used to get the most possible for constituents.


  8. - Montrose - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    I suppose they could vote for the constitutional amendment and against the rates when the bills get to the floor. The rates don’t need the same number of votes. That way, they could claim they support letting voters decide if we should have a graduated tax, but oppose the specific rate structure.

    I think that is way too nuanced and would never help someone in an election, but I guess they could be convincing themselves that that is the right political path for themselves.


  9. - Ok - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:01 am:

    I would slightly disagree Montrose.

    I think a vote to let voters decide, and a vote against higher rates is a fine political path to allow it to move forward without having to be “out there” on it.


  10. - The Bashful Raconteur - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:29 am:

    Pointing out the complete lack of respect for interested citizens who would like to have filed a witness slip on the measure. It was not listed on the committee site and was not even announced until it was brought up for consideration. So much for fair and transparent government. Rules are only for the powerless and are flaunted by “leadership”.


  11. - Anonymous - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:45 am:

    “Ubi est mea?”

    Comedi per aliquem alium.


  12. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:51 am:

    Anyone know why the bill wasn’t posted in committee?


  13. - Montrose - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:54 am:

    “I think a vote to let voters decide, and a vote against higher rates is a fine political path to allow it to move forward without having to be “out there” on it.”

    I just see the oppositions ads slamming them for voting to raise taxes, regardless of how they try to finesse the vote.


  14. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 11:56 am:

    Does anyone see witness slips for the bill?


  15. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 12:31 pm:

    No notice - no witness slips - passed on a Friday before holiday weekend. I guess that’s called transparency.


  16. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, May 24, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    ===You’d think if they were still solidly against the governor’s plan they would’ve made it a point to attend today’s hearing.===

    LOL. Not if they like their committee assignments or seeing their bills move.


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