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In the wee hours of the morning today after a marathon 12-hour session, House Republicans, led by House Speaker Tom Leonard, face-planted mightily in an effort to blow a $1.1 BILLION hole in the state budget by reducing the state income tax over the next four years. Their original salvo was to eliminate the state income tax altogether, an idea so ludicrous that they had to retreat to a less-outrageous-but-still-outrageous “fake concession”. After cajoling the Republican caucus throughout the day but still unable to round up enough votes, I’m told Speaker Leonard resorted to threatening to reduce staff allotments and taking away parking privileges for recalcitrant House members. Despite this, House Bill 4001 went down in flames on a 55-52 vote. Twelve Republicans voted with all but one member of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Scott Dianda from Calumet in the Upper Peninsula, to kill the odious legislation: Image courtesy of Rep. Adam Zemke This is a major embarrassment for the new House

Source: UPDATED x2: House Republicans crash and burn in attempt to decimate state budget with tax cut | Eclectablog

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