|2019 Legislative Report – Week 3|
Dear OSCC members and colleagues –
We have now completed three weeks of the 2019 legislative session. The upcoming week appears to be an abbreviated week with several committees being cancelled or otherwise not scheduled to meet this week.
What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations)
Two major bills are moving quickly – rent control (SB 608) and the first Medicaid funding bill (HB 2010).
One other major bill is now in full swing – cap and trade (HB 2020).
Additionally, the legislative conversations are now underway on a major business tax to fund K-12 education. This discussion is happening every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Joint Student Success Committee (Revenue Subcommittee). To date, the committee is looking at other state taxing models that utilize gross receipts – Washington, Nevada, Ohio, and others. At this point, it looks most likely that the committee will recommend a gross receipts-based tax and not additional increases to the state’s corporate income tax.
Activity on Major Issues
We are expecting to see early activity this week on a handful of key policy and budget items that Democratic legislative leaders have identified as key priorities, including:
Other Key Issues Coming up This Week