Legislative Leaders Hold High Hopes for Legislative Session

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Democrats and Republicans are both bringing their own priorities to the legislative session, but all must wait for Wednesday when the Governor gives his State of the State address. 

“That’s the way it always is and they never let the cat out of the bag,” said Sen. Ron Stolling, (D) Boone. 

Both sides do agree PEIA needs to be funded and the medical marijuana bill needs to be fixed, but when it comes to the budget it’s not so simple.

One priority for some lawmakers is eliminating the state’s business inventory tax.

“Every one of the studies, not just in the state but out of state has indicated that’s the single biggest job killing tax… We would love to see it gone,” said Senate President Mitch Carmichael, (R) Jackson. 

Opponents of the move worry without that tax, funding for county schools would suffer. 

“Frankly, the people, the counties I represent, they could not absorb that,” said Senator Stolling.

Leading lawmakers also indicated wanting to focus on higher education and exempting social security from income tax, among other issues.

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