The bipartisan vote approving the $5.2 billion budget follows a month of extensive departmental hearings and public meetings aimed at closing a more than $200 million revenue gap that resulted from repealing the Sweetened Beverage Tax.
Among the steps taken to close the gap were:
My office regularly returns a portion of our budget, and we have pledged to do so in 2018.
I voted against the Sweetened Beverag Tax when it was first passed back in November of 2016, and I voted to repeal the tax when the board revisited it in October of 2017. People Spoke Up. Your voices were heard! My office received more than 1,000 letters and emails and hundreds of phone calls. Others who had supported the tax were urged to reconsider by their constituents, and it worked. As of December 1, 2017, this tax is history.