Part One is an amended version of [Rep. Ross] Hunter’s House Bill 3176 which closes about $385 million in tax loopholes and tax avoidance schemes. The funds will be used to maintain lower class-size in grades K-4, provide levy equalization around the state, and maintain financial aid for college students.
Part Two increases the cigarette tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes and equalizes the tax on other tobacco products. The $111 million raised will help maintain the Basic Health Plan, Apple Health for Kids, and tobacco prevention programs.
Part Three ends the sales tax exemption for products and services such as elective cosmetic surgery, candy and gum, custom software, janitorial services and bottled water. It generates about $163 million for public health, children’s dental care, children’s health, and services for the disabled.
Part Four increases B&O rates by 0.5 percent for certain professional service providers such as lawyers and accountants. It also removes a B&O tax exemption on investment earnings beyond $250,000 for non-financial firms. It raises about $99 million for financial aid, levy equalization, and natural resources.
Part Five includes other anticipated operating budget actions and raises $100 million for natural resources and public education.