Monday, April 30, 2001
House adopts Voluntary Tax Check-off
in budget debate
In today's ongoing House budget debate, the House has
adopted state Rep. Fran Marini's (R-Hanson) version of our voluntary tax check-off as a budget amendment!
The voluntary tax check-off amendment still has to make it
through the state Senate, where our official version, S1734 sponsored by Sens. Sprague, Hedlund and Tarr, is waiting.
Since both versions vary slightly, if the Senate adopts
the language of S1734 it will have to be reconciled with the House amendment later in the House-Senate conference committee.
If the Senate adopts the House's amendment, it will become part of the budget submitted to the governor.
The Voluntary Tax Check-off has been launched and it has
cleared its first hurdle!
Our voluntary tax concept seems to be breeding: The House
also passed a voluntary "Community Preservation" tax!
State House News Service
Monday, April 30, 2001
HOUSE SESSION MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2001
CONVENES: The House convened at 1:05 pm, Rep. Angelo Scaccia
presiding. Chaplin Robert Quinn offered the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited....
VOLUNTARY INCOME TAX HIKE: Question came on Marini amendment
180 voluntary higher income tax rate on earned income. Time was 5:46 pm. By voice vote and without
debate, amendment adopted.
VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUND: Question came on Marini
amendment 242 voluntary community preservation fund. Rep. Marini said this amendment
would allow communities that do not adopt the CPA to set up a community preservation
fund with an optional surcharge that residents could pay. That would then
qualify for matching funds from the state. Rep. Marini said you may add up to 3 percent self-surcharge
on your property tax that would go into a fund and qualify for matching funds and
have to be expended in the same manner as if you had accepted community preservation and imposed
this tax on everyone.
BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 155-0, AMENDMENT ADOPTED
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