Critical sales tax vote possible on rare Memorial Day session of the House
Posted on 5/28/2018 5:44:00 AM.
GOP House Caucus Chairman Lance Harris' tax bill that would fill 360 of the state’s 648-million dollar budget shortfall is expected to come up for a vote today, after falling seven votes short of passage on Friday. The proposal would renew a third of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminate some sales tax breaks. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the weekend gave legislators to look at other options.

"Will the Republicans and can Democrats get together and agree on a half-a-penny, cause that's literally the last option available to them, since the one-third is now gone," said Pinsonat.  

Pinsonat says Harris' bill was a long shot to pass on Friday. He says at least now everyone knows where each legislator stands on this particular bill.

"There was very little chance that this bill was going to pass, Lance Harris and his Republican colleagues who were for this bill, used it as a test vote to test the waters to see, who's for it, who's against it," said Pinsonat.   

It won’t just be Republicans who are scrambling to build a consensus. The Democratic Black Caucus has been firmly against any renewal of the expiring penny sales tax. Pinsonat says to reach the 70 votes needed for any tax bill, the Black Caucus will have to be on board.

"The Black Caucus will fight to the end on that until there is no choice and the Republicans will fight to the end until there is no choice, hopefully they'll find common ground and vote for something," said Pinsonat. 
The House convenes at 2 PM today.  
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