HB 1224 R2 - Local Sales Tax Options/Economic Development Changes

This bill primarily included provisions impacting two major issues: local sales taxes and corporate welfare programs. The bill would have expanded JMAC and JDIG, as well as create a Job Catalyst Fund. It also would have raised the local sales tax cap for most counties at 2.5 percent. Currently most counties levy a 2 percent local sales tax on top of the statewide sales tax rate. Having such unrelated measures in the same bill inherently makes this bad legislation. Moreover, Civitas believes the conservative position is to oppose corporate welfare and to keep taxes low. The Conservative Vote Is No.