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Tax deal can lead to compromise

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By Sherry Robinson

Bloggers and editorial writers have examined the Legislature’s love child — the surprise, last-second, tax package that looked like both parents — and hooted about transparency and back-room deals. 

But the tax deal was a compromise, fair and square, and it was refreshing to see legislators stop jawboning and hustle to get it done. 

It’s now being touted as “tax reform.” It’s not, and to be clear, it doesn’t raise all boats.

From the beginning of the session, lawmakers focused on the economy. 

The most serious proposals boiled down to a handful. Democrats wanted a minimum wage raise, a tax incentive for TV productions (the “Breaking Bad” bill) and capital outlay. 

Republicans wanted to ease the tax burden on some businesses by reducing corporate income taxes and implementing the single sales factor, which apportions corporate income on the percentage of sales made here.

All these measures got a thorough airing in committees, but by day 59 of the 60-day session, Dems had watered down the business tax bills until they were almost useless. 

The governor fired a warning shot over their heads by vetoing the “Breaking Bad” bill.  

It was clear that if none of her bills moved, none of theirs would either.


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