State Budget Still in Negotiations with Tax Cuts Seeming to be Main Sticking Point

House and Senate Republicans are still negotiating a final state budget that’s supposed to take effect next month, with their views on tax breaks still among the significant differences.

Top GOP chamber leaders said talks were continuing Thursday. Legislators took procedural actions so they could vote on any final compromise early next week, but it wasn’t clear whether work would be completed this weekend to do that.

Senate leader Phil Berger says hammering out a final tax plan was still being discussed, along with other items.

Both chambers want to raise the standard deduction for income tax filers. But while the Senate budget also cut income tax rates, House Republicans preferred targeted tax breaks for industries.

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