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A new proposal to temporarily raise the state retail sales tax by 0.3 cents has passed the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. It dedicates revenue from the tax to essential health care investments and funds the Working Families Tax Rebate.
The Subcommittee amended the proposed appropriations by decreasing the amount spent on the Working Families Tax Rebate and shifting that funding to the Basic Health Plan, community mental health services, and the addition of vision and hearing services.
The $484 million appropriated in the bill is divided as follows:
*Appropriations are only made for the 2009-11 biennium, but the temporary sales tax increase is scheduled through December 2012.