Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

  • Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

There are House and Senate versions each of bills giving teachers a 2-percent raise, increasing motor vehicle licensing fees, setting a flat rate for use of the West Virginia Turnpike, and changing the state's tax structure.

The Senate voted 19-11 for the bill after rejecting an alternative backed by Democrats that would have exempted Social Security benefits from state income taxes instead of cutting all tax rates. Ashley Jones-Wisner said the sales tax on food disproportionately impacts lower-income Kansans and can cause them to choose less healthy options in the grocery store.

The Senate last week made official its long-standing opposition to an income tax by voting down the tax bill that passed the House. The bill went before the full floor, where it was taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

He also directed his message toward House Republicans, urging them to support the bill. (In the Finance Committee) it was nearly unanimous. I think it's going to be up to a smaller group of legislators at this point, whether that's a formal conference committee or more informally talking, to sit down and come up with common ground.

Under Senate rules on reconciliation of House and Senate versions of a bill, the new healthcare bill would require only a simple majority in the Senate, meaning GOP members would not seek or need Democratic support.

The 34 Senate members are now not on the clock and none will be paid until they go back into session.

Carmichael said a vital part of the process is the budget bill, which he hopes to receive soon. "The House will be in the position of having to adjust the budget based on that tax reform proposal they have brought forth through the Finance Committee". Under the bill, which already passed the House, services like towing, some pet care and debt collection would be subject to sales tax.

Currently, public schools are funded through a statewide 20-mill property tax levy, plus money from the state general fund, which gets the bulk of its revenue from income taxes and retail sales taxes. But Sen. José Menéndez, a Democrat also from San Antonio, attached an amendment to the bill so that it does not affect an agreement between San Antonio and Converse for annexation of that area.

But Denning said there will be notable differences between the House plan and the one he will put on the table. "It's disappearing because it's being untaxed", Denning said. The House version also allows for the sales tax to be charged to the sale of electronic data processing, memberships and services at health and fitness businesses, contracted construction labor services and certain primary opinion research services.

The Self Storage Association said the exemptions targeted for repeal should not be a handful of interests late in the session.

Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wood, said as it is written the bill would reduce the state's personal income tax by 20 percent, 15 percent after January 1, 2018 and an additional five percent the following year. It increased the personal income tax exemption from $2,000 to $2,500 per individual with federally adjusted gross incomes of less than $100,000. According to information from the House Ways and Means Committee staff, a substitute proposal approved by the committee removed all references to changing the rollback rate from its current level of 8 percent.

"It's prudent to do that", Nelson said.