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Deadlines, taxes, and buying land

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John Pemble / IPR
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One of many rooms for legislative committees at the Capitol.

The House passes a bill that will gradually lower income tax rates. It requires the state to consistently have a revenue growth of 3.5% for several years. Republicans say last year’s nearly billion dollar surplus should be used to reduce taxes. As school spending is approved by both chambers at a growth of 2.5%, Democrats say it should be higher especially with the recent surplus. Bills race to be passed out of committees during this funnel week, where most bills must pass out of one chamber’s full committee to remain eligible. One includes a prohibition on allowing any land to be purchased by China and another is an emergency bill allowing para-educators to continue as substitute teachers.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR