State House leader signals tax vote later this week

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state House could take a long-awaited vote Friday on raising taxes to help close a 1.7 billion-dollar deficit in the state budget that takes effect next month.

Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon says he doesn't want a straight party-line vote for a tax increase.

Democrats hold a 58-52 majority in the House, and Minority Leader Craig DeRoche says there are no GOP votes for higher taxes.

It's likely the House will vote to raise the state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.4 or 4.6 percent and extend the 6 percent sales tax to some services.

The Republicans who control the state Senate have said it's the House's job to initiate any tax increase.


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