Rep. Carmody Explains ‘Yea’ Vote On New Sales Tax [VIDEO]
State Representative Thomas Carmody talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the recent third of a penny sales tax passed by the House and why, he, a Republican, voted in favor of the bill.
The Shreveport rep tells KEEL listeners that he voted "yes" on the just passed sales tax proposal because "the state's got to have some more revenue, there's no doubt about it." He adds, "The problem we've had...is trying to find a consensus of the super majority of both chambers."
Regarding the changes made to the House bill by the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee (increasing the tax to a half penny and making ti permanent), Carmody says, "At this point, I think we're all open to look at different opportunities, but there's no reason the even consider a proposition that's not going to garner a super majority of the votes. The appetite of the House is not to make anything permanent."