[StBernard] Anti-Stelly/Anti - Litter
westley at da-parish.com
Fri May 11 23:02:12 EDT 2007
Anti-Stelly/Anti - Litter
Rep. Burns advocates Stelly Repeal before the House Ways and Means
STELLY REPEAL PRESENTED TO WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
Already battered by hurricanes and skyrocketing insurance costs, the middle
class has been hard hit by the income tax increases in the Stelly plan.
This week, I presented HB 445 to the House Ways and Means Committee which
would restore the tax rates to their level prior to the enactment of Stelly.
I also presented HB 448 which would restore our itemized deductions. As you
know, there are important policy reasons behind itemized deductions such as
facilitating home ownership and encouraging charitable contributions. The
doubly whammy of lost deductions coupled with rising rates has really
affected our tax paying citizens.
There are several bills filed which would repeal all or part of Stelly.
Although I can't promise anything at this time, I am encouraged by the
willingness of the commitee to address Stelly. With a b udget surplus, this
could be our best change to repeal Stelly, and I would urge you to contact
your legislator to support the Stelly repeal.
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ANTI LITTER BILL TO BE PRESENTED NEXT WEEK
Next week, I will be presenting HB 530, which would assist local authorities
in the fight against litter. It might be hard to believe, but commercial
waste haulers have been exempted by statute from the i ntentional and simple
littering laws that you and I have to comply with. I have brought this bill
up in the past and have not been successful in the Environmental Committee.
However, the committee membership has changed and I am hopeful that I will
be able to get the bill out of committee this year.
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