The committee voted after people representing large oil companies, large chemical companies, a local pizza chain, Rouses Supermarket and pulp and paper manufacturers testified against House Bill 628. Two dozen others indicated their opposition without testifying.Oh well. On to the next comic failure. Or over the edge, which is always a possibilty.
The committee’s vote will force Edwards and legislators to find another way to raise enough revenue – and propose enough cuts in government spending – to head off the looming fiscal cliff when $1.3 billion in temporary taxes will fall off next year.