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February 24, 2015      12:11 PM

Key Senate Republican raises serious concerns about Senate tax cut proposal

State’s needs “have to be addressed with permanent long term solutions before I can support tax cuts,” Eltife said.

Saying that it is time to “stop putting band aids” on the state’s needs like transportation and employee retirements, Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, on Tuesday said he could not support $4.6 billion in tax cuts laid out by Texas Senate leadership earlier in the day.

Eltife does, however, support the bill by Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to increase the franchise tax exemption for businesses from $1 million to $4 million.

But when it comes to SB 1 and SB 7: "I have said all along we have got to meet the needs of the state before we cut taxes," Eltife told Quorum Report.

By Scott Braddock