State Budget Negotiations Heat Up

Negotiations on taxes intensified today at the General Assembly.

House leaders are proposing taking over all of the Medicaid costs now paid by the 100 counties.

The House plan would give local governments the option to triple current land transfer tax rates or raise the local sales tax.

The plan obtained by The Associated Press shows those taxes could be imposed only after being approved in a local referendum. The money apparently could be used to help with infrastructure and school construction needs.

The House would eliminate the 500 million dollars in annual Medicaid expenses now paid by counties over a five-year period. In exchange, the state would receive a host of taxes local governments currently receive to help pay for the new expense.


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