Legislative Lawyers Say 2/3 Majority Not Needed To Stop Rollback Of Payroll Tax
Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro says Democrats have received an opinion from legislative lawyers that a two-thirds majority is not needed to stop a scheduled decrease in the state’s payroll tax.
Without legislative action, the scheduled decrease would automatically take effect on July 1, axing a revenue stream worth nearly $100 million.
Democrats are one vote short of a super majority in the Senate, and Republicans largely oppose extending the tax.
Usually, the two-thirds vote is required by law for any bill that creates, generates or increases any public revenue in any form.
Cannizzaro said she received an opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau advising her that the supermajority was not necessary to ax the planned payroll tax decrease.