Speaker: No on Uber tax, new electric vehicle fees
Budget working its way through the House both creates and deletes a new tax on ride-sharing services like Uber.Posted — Updated
The pronouncement is a blow for the proposals, though there's a long way to go before the legislative session wraps and their fate is known. Moore, R-Cleveland, specifically said they won't be part of the budget, and he clarified moments later that he wouldn't support them as a stand-alone bill, either.
"I don't like it," he said. "I'll vote against it."
The House budget released Monday night had included both measures but also included language immediately repealing them.
The reason? Process.
House Finance Chairwoman Julia Howard was sending a message to the House budget writers about a tax and fee increase that had been included in the budget proposal without coming through her committee, which is supposed to vet these things first.
"The appropriations side forgets that taxes and fees and renewals of fees and taxes, per the rules, have to come to Finance," Howard said. "You can't just put them in your package and send them up."
So, for the moment, the House budget working its way through the legislative process this week both creates these increases and repeals them. The repeal language could have been removed Wednesday, when the House Appropriations Committee takes its turn with a budget expected to come before the full House on Thursday, but Moore's comments make that unlikely.
Moore predicted Tuesday that both issues are dead.
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