On Wednesday, the guns fell silent, the factions reached an uneasy truce and the legislation -- aimed at providing critically-needed funds to the
The significant margins -- 87 to 9 in the House and 22 to 8 in the
"All the sides involved has given as much as they're going to give," said
Many legislators echoed the feeling. Sen.
"I don't see we have a whole lot to gain by going back to conference," he said. "I think the House has it made clear this is as far as they're going to get."
The compromise settlement will take the state's settlement share as a single
The agreement would also allocate
"This is the best report you can see and the alternative to this would be nothing," said
"What we saw today was shoring up as best we could our
"Even if we could have gotten another
"We're looking at a fiscal cliff, and I don't think there's any disagreement about that," he said.
But many legislators wanted to address the present
The road money element is the main source of contention.
Under a proposal sponsored by
That gave some legislators pause. With the
"It provides additional revenue above and beyond what Clouse's bill is proving," Sen.
The conference committee report allocates more money to debt repayment than Orr's bill. It maintains the
"We've still got issues obviously with
The money will mean coastal
"It was real hard to go from
Legislators approved the formation of a committee to study existing tax credits and gauge their effectiveness. Sen.
Figures, who has filed the bill three times before and plans to do it again, said a property tax "is sustainable because properties tend to appreciate."
"We need sustainable income," she said. "And if it's not property taxes, find something else. But what else was introduced? At least I introduced something."
And it may be the property tax, but legislators said they cannot depend on windfalls to prop up the budget.
"We are using one time money for recurring expenses, and there will be a train wreck," Marsh said.
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