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Kentucky local option tax talks get panel pushback

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A push for a local option sales tax in Kentucky has drawn resistance from House panel members.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented a case for the tax Thursday to the House State Government Committee.

The amendment would allow voters to decide whether they want to pay a project-based, time-specific tax of 1 percent.

Democratic Rep. Jim Wayne of Louisville calls the tax regressive. Wayne asked Fischer to explain why low-income households would provide a greater dollar amount than high-income households.

Fischer responded that the tax would create jobs, which would make the financial burden worthwhile. Fischer also says currently untaxed items would remain untaxed.

In order to be placed on the ballot in November, the proposal would require a two-thirds vote from both chambers of the General Assembly.

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The legislation is House Bill 399.

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