Republicans Accuse Governor of Using Money for Schools to Bully Voters into Voting for Progressive Tax

Republican lawmakers continue to push back against the Governor’s plan to hold back about a billion and half dollars in possible state spending this upcoming fiscal year.

The Governor wants the reserve to come as he waits to see if voters approve his push for a graduated income tax. Republican Rep. Avery Bourne says school funding shouldn’t be tied to getting voters to approve a tax increase on some residents.

Bourne says this will force schools to come up with final budgets before they know how much revenue they will have to spend.

She wants to see a budget that meets the minimum funding level and doesn’t depend on a change to the income tax formula. She says that can be done with natural growth in tax revenues.

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