Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bonnen belatedly considers Margins tax; still hears (at least) 10 special interest carve outs (33 for session)....

"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered."
Proverbs 28:26

The (mildly) good news from this morning's Ways and Means committee agenda: They heard four bills related to eliminating the margins tax.  To be certain, the Senate heard their version of this bill a month ago and voted it out of the full chamber last week.  But still, Bonnen is hearing margins tax bills early enough for something to make it to the Governor's desk, and that's worth noting.

Even so, check out some of the other bills Ways and Means heard this morning:

  • HB 926        Murr
    Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
  • HB 1300       Springer
    Relating to the collection and use of municipal hotel occupancy taxes.
  • HB 1325       Nev├írez
    Relating to the application of the sales and use tax to certain services involving real property.
  • HB 1529       Lambert | et al.
    Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
  • HB 1896       Bohac
    Relating to the application of and use of revenue from hotel occupancy taxes imposed by municipalities and counties.
  • HB 2126       Button
    Relating to the franchise tax rate applicable to certain taxable entities that sell telephone prepaid calling cards.
  • HB 2277       Darby
    Relating to fixing the median cost of high-cost gas wells.
  • HB 2281       Darby
    Relating to miscellaneous gross receipts taxes on utility companies.
  • HB 2690       Morrison, Geanie W.   
    Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
  • HB 2999       Bonnen, Dennis        
    Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of property owned by certain medical centers in certain counties.
Bottom Line: Even when he does something kinda decent, Dennis Bonnen seems unable to help himself from mixing it in with a whole bunch of awful....

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