A legislative panel recommended Tuesday that counties be allowed to impose a half-cent sales tax for school construction and that the state issue bonds to supplement the spending. The committee voted unanimously to strongly urge support for a bond referendum to benefit public schools. Public schools haven't been the beneficiaries of a bond issue since 1996 and have nearly ten billion dollars in outstanding capital needs. The proposed local half-cent sales tax would raise an estimated $500 million if enacted statewide.
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