Tax Plan Goes to Senate for Vote

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

Governor Jennifer Granholm's proposed two-percent service tax takes another step toward becoming law.

It was moved out of committee on to the Senate floor Thursday. There's no vote scheduled. The House has yet to move its bill out of committee.

Meantime, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from people both for and against a tax hike. The back and forth about budget balancing took up much of the afternoon Thursday.

The State's Treasurer says we absolutely need more revenue, small business owners said they can't afford to pay any more.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Nancy Cassis criticized the Governor for being away on business instead of taking care of hers here. The Governor had asked for the Republican plan by this week. They have yet to deliver.

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says he and Speaker of the House Andy Dillon met Thursday afternoon to discuss progress. Senator Bishop was waiting for the Governor to return from Germany before scheduling a budget meeting with her.

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