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Metro Council Republicans Oppose Tax Increase

Tuesday February 12, 2013

Date:        February 12, 2013

Contact:    Stephen Haag, Jr

                (502) 574-1204 / (502) 645-1753

For Immediate Release:

 

Metro Council Republicans Announce Opposition to Proposed Tax Increase

 

Louisville, KY – The nine Republican members of the Metro Council’s Minority Caucus have reviewed the proposal to increase insurance taxes by 20% and have come to the conclusion that such a proposal would not be in the best interest of the people of this community.

 

The proposal which is expected to collect an additional $10 million annually would come at a time in which just about every worker in Louisville is seeing less in their paychecks due to increases in both taxes and withholdings on the Federal level.

 

“As Chair of the Metro Council’s Vacant Property Committee I have been working with members of the Metro Council as well as leaders in the community to find a way to address our housing needs, especially those dealing with vacant or abandoned properties. The funding needed to address these issues is expensive, and is being addressed. I am confident we can achieve our shared goals without an additional tax on workers.”

– Kelly Downard (District 16)

 

“Raising insurance taxes by 20% is no way to improve our economic competitiveness, nor is it the correct answer for our citizens. Forcing people to pay even higher taxes, at a time in which Federal Taxes and withholdings are already going up will be harmful to the people of this community. I can’t envision supporting this proposal, and instead will encourage members of this Metro Council to look for bi-partisan solutions that address our shared concerns through collective partnerships and innovative thinking.” – Ken Fleming, Minority Caucus Chairman)

 

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