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Senator Westfall denied a vote on tax increase legislation

April 10, 2002
By: Justin Herndon
State Capital Bureau

A Republican Senator is denied a vote on a half-billion dollar tax increase.

Justin Herndon has more.

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Senator Morris Westfall says he expected the Senate to vote on his bill for a sales and gasoline tax increase but the vote was stalled by three hours of debate.

Westfall says time is running thin for his bill to pass.

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Contents: I remain cautiously optimistic...we're running out of time but I think we can still pass it, but we are on the edge, there's no question about that.

Floor Leader Bill Kenney says the Senate won't be pursing more debate on the bill until some time next week at the earliest.


Senators avoid voting on a sales and gas tax increase.

Justin Herndon has more.

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Senator Morris Westfall says he wanted to vote on a tax increase Wednesday but the day ended in debate.

Amendment after amendment stalled a final vote from coming but Westfalls says he thinks that will end.

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Contents: I am going to try to spend little time on those things, we have the votes and we have been defeating those.

Westfall says he hopes a vote will come next week.

This bill's tax increase would be subject to a popular vote.


A gas and sales tax increase trumped some Republican values.

Justin Herndon has more.

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Senator Morris Westfall says he knows not all republicans support his tax increase for transportation but he still thinks its necessary.

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Contents: I'd like to see more support for it, and its tough for me to support it but its important and its more important than some of my personal concerns about tax increases.

Debate from Westfall's own party members stalled a vote Wednesday.

He says he hopes a vote can come as early as next week.