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Erie County Legislature Democrats pass law to restrict Republican sway on sales tax

Posted on AllSides June 21st, 2024
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A new law to limit the need for bipartisan support on votes to extend the Erie County sales tax was approved on party lines Thursday. The law, pushed through the County Legislature's Democratic majority in a 7-4 vote, makes it easier to extend the 8.75% sales tax that consumers are charged on all retail goods. The existing law requires a "supermajority" vote every two years to extend the existing sales tax rate. The proposed law would require only a simple majority, effectively blocking minority Republicans from being able to leverage...

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