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Kentucky Local Option Sales Tax Clears House Committee, But Speaker Stumbo Issues Criticism


FRANKFORT — A plan to give local governments the ability to pay for capital projects with a temporary sales tax increase is headed to the Kentucky House.But, though the measure has cleared a committee, it faces difficult prospects.Because it would amend the state constitution, the local option sales tax legislation will need a supermajority in both the House and the Senate.It would then go to the public on the November ballot.House Democratic leaders are split over the bill. Speaker Greg Stumbo says rural taxpayers will end up with the bill for projects that will be used more by their urban counterparts.But Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he believes that Stumbo hasn’t really made up his mind.“We’ll just keep educating folks," Fischer says. "I mean, the input for Speaker Stumbo’s coming from all over the state, in terms of who’s for this bill, both rural and metropolitan areas. So we’ll hope he’ll listen to the people and be for the bill.”Fischer has been the issue's chief cheerleader.