House speaker supports local option sales tax

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposal to let local governments charge a 1 percent sales tax is still alive in the Kentucky legislature after Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear convinced House Speaker Greg Stumbo to support it.

Stumbo announced his decision after a private meeting with Beshear on Thursday. He said the House could vote on the bill Thursday or Friday.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has lobbied hard for the bill, saying it is the best way for Kentucky's local governments to pay for their own projects without asking the state for money. Kentucky retailers are opposed to the bill because it would raise their prices.

Kentucky already imposes a 6 percent sales tax, which brings in about $3 billion annually.

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