Kentucky GOP primary could impact local option sales tax vote

Democrats and Republicans are teaming up in a rare show of bipartisanship to let voters approve local construction projects by temporarily raising sales taxes in the cities and counties where they live.

But the Republican primary for governor could complicate the issue as candidates seek to woo a voting base that has historically been turned off by any hint of a tax increase.

The proposal sailed through the House budget committee on Tuesday, where Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and a Republican county judge-executive framed the issue as a matter of local control. But most of the Republican candidates for governor have criticized the proposal as a tax increase.

The bill requires at least 60 votes in the House. Republican Leader Jeff Hoover is a co-sponsor of the bill and said he thinks it will pass.

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