The proposal, sponsored by Rep.
Of nearly a dozen tax relief bills introduced so far this year, this was the first to make it to the House floor for a vote.
Several speakers said they supported the concept, but couldn't accept the potential
"I feel like I'm throwing cold water, but I want to remind you about the
The task force recommended a number of education reforms, including substantially improving teacher pay. Bell said those recommendations have a
"Maybe there will come a time when we can give all citizens a tax break, but at this point we've come to the end of the (revenue) stream," Bell said. "Given the things we've already committed, possibly we should take care of them first."
Sims presented her bill as an economic development effort, saying this tax break would encourage more military retirees to move here and take part in
"We have to have a reason to bring them to
The failure of this bill may indicate a tough road for the session's other tax relief proposals, most of which have yet to go through their initial public hearing.
During a lunch meeting with reporters, House Speaker
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