SPENDING DEBATE: Legislature Closer To Deal

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State lawmakers are one step closer to ending the legislative session with an agreement on education spending.  But there’s some question over how close they are to passing a controversial property tax reform bill.

Senate Democrats seemed very optimistic. “Would I be upbeat if i didn’t see significant progress being made? And significant progress is being made,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D) “I’ve heard positive remarks from the Executive branch and certainly my perception is that the House is receptive.”

But just hours after Gronstal made his comments, House Republicans announced they would reveal their own plan Friday.

We inaccurately reported that the House Republicans want to raise residential property taxes so that residential and commercial property taxpayers would pay the same rate. Republicans say they do not wish to raise residential property taxes. We apologize for our error.