RE: Fox’s Statement on Chafee Tax Plan – Room to Wiggle?
As Monique noted last night, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox came out against Governor Chafee’s sales tax plan. This morning I heard Helen Glover wondering if there was room for Fox to wiggle by keeping the 6% “flatten and broaden”. After all, Fox only specifically cited the 1% tax on new items, not the other part of Chafee’s plan. Ted Nesi also wonders if the whole plan is dead?
Fox’s statement doesn’t say anything about whether he could support broadening the number of goods and services taxed at 7% (or at 6%, if Chafee’s proposal to lower the rate passes). And the revenue that would be brought in by taxing more items at 6% far outweighs the amount generated by the 1% tax.
“The House will not pass the budget in its current form,” Fox said. “We will instead develop alternatives to this proposal and will continue to work with the governor to amend his budget submission.”
I don’t know what’s going to happen next – all I know is, somehow or other, the General Assembly is all but certain to find a way to eliminate the $331 million deficit and pass a balanced budget for 2011-12.
Tune in at 11:30 PM on June 30th to find out.