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San Nicolas wants to consolidate his amendments

Posted: Aug 06, 2018 5:16 PM Updated:

In Monday's session the author of the Supplemental Appropriations Revenue Fund plan, Senator Michael San Nicolas, moved to consolidate his series of amendments tying certain agency budgets to prior year uncollected taxes.

San Nicolas explains his reasoning, saying, "All we're doing is we're now also projecting our collections. We're basing that on what the agency has told us is already out there. $73 million they believe can be collected. So I'm not afraid of that number, and I'm not afraid of 25 percent of that number, which is what the $18 million represents. I think of all the projected figures, these are the most certain because these are taxes that are already assessed."

Late Monday, Senators were still debating the amendments, including a proposal by Senator Fernando Esteves raising the SAR appropriations to $20 million.

It was Day 6 of the budget session, as senators struggle to find the right mix of cost-cutting and revenue enhancements to bridge a $138 million dollar shortfall from the Trump tax reforms.

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