For commenter edification, here are the three “highlights” of the just-passed House Budget, cribbed from the ProJo:
* Car Tax – 50-22 voted to cut around $120 million in car tax subsidies from cities and towns. Gave cities and towns the ability to implement their own car tax “to make up for the losses” by taxing car values after the first $500. So now, even your winter-beater is taxable.
* Education Aid – 50-19 to cut school aid by $31.3 million. $6.1 million offset by proposed pension cuts. Rep. Brian Newberry tried to offset another $2.3 million by killing the rub-and-tug (the legislative-grant money that Rep’s and Sen’s pass around to little leagues and the boy scouts, etc.), but that was shot down 43-29. Gotta keep the gravy train.
* Pension – 39-33 to limit the pension COLA to the first $35,000 in benefits. Requires pensioners to wait until age 65 before collecting COLAs. Rep. Joe Trillo tried to get it down to the first $12,500, but that was defeated.
* Restored – Proposed subsidized-housing cuts, the state’s renewable energy fund, arts programs, and cancer screening programs for low-income women.
* Welfare – Did not extend July 1 deadline for cash-assistance and job-training program (welfare).