The state needs to look at reducing taxes on business such as the corporate excise tax, he said, and introduce more tax credits for investors and all companies doing business in the state.
“The Legislature wants to pick winners and losers and focus on specific kinds of companies rather than create broad based tax relief across the board,” Levy said, pointing to green economy and biotechnology as favorites of the Democrats.
Levy also took issue with a double standard that allows debate at the State House to take place behind closed doors while local boards and committees must follow strict Open Meeting Law rules that mandate public access to most discussion.
“Everything is a foregone conclusion by the time it even gets to the floor for debate,” he said, adding that many members don’t even bother to study every bill being decided.
“A majority of legislators just look at the speaker to find out how to vote instead of doing what is in the best interests of their district and their community,” he said.
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