● Senate subcommittee scraps agenda, introduces new fee & tax hikes
● Bill sidesteps constitution
● Raises more money to throw at broken road funding system
The Special Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation Funding met Tuesday, March 17, with an agenda that included six different transportation bills, four of which would either impose tax or fee increases or authorize counties to do the same. But senators scrapped the stated agenda and instead decided to vote on motions to adopt certain tax and fee increases, that presumably will become an entirely new bill. At the time of the meeting there was no working document for this proposed new bill, and there’s still none now. We can only assume there will be a written bill by the time the subcommittee’s recommendations are taken up next Tuesday by the full Finance Committee. Unfortunately, public comment is typically not allowed beyond the subcommittee level, so the public will have no chance to speak on these proposals if and when they become actual legislation.
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