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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer makes case for local option sales tax

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fischer calls it his top priority in Frankfort, and on Thursday he made his case at the state capitol.

Fischer testified before the House State Government committee about the local option sales tax.

It would allow communities to temporarily increase the sales tax by one cent in order to fund special projects.

Democratic Rep. Jim Wayne of Louisville calls the tax regressive. Wayne asked Fischer to explain why low-income households would provide a greater dollar amount than high-income households.

Fischer responded that the tax would create jobs, which would make the financial burden worthwhile. Fischer also says currently untaxed items would remain untaxed.

The local option sales tax would require a change in Kentucky's constitution. That means a super-majority of the House and Senate would have to pass it, and it would then have to be approved by voters.

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