Buckley finally reveals a tax proposal

Victor Joecks

So, Speaker Buckley, was letting the public know about your tax proposal really that hard?

Buckley said under the plan businesses with payrolls of less than $250,000 would see their modified business tax rate drop from 0.63 percent to 0.5 percent. Larger businesses would see their rate rise to between 1.26 percent and 2 percent, she said.

“If we’re considering raising more revenue, not only should we exempt small businesses from those increases, we should provide them some tax relief,” she said. “These are businesses that employ a handful of people. Raising taxes on them could be the difference between laying people off.”

This isn’t even a specific plan, but a range of options. And in eight days the legislature is going to have to vote on it. So much for her “commitment” to transparency.

Why is the legislature even in session for 120 days if it is going to wait until the last minute to unveil the most controversial piece of legislation? If the session were only 30 days long, at least lawmakers would have an excuse for the secret meetings.