Speaker Fox open to reconsidering the car tax
House Speaker Gordon Fox says he’s open to discussing the possible elimination of the unpopular car tax — provided that it doesn’t result in a net increase in the taxes paid by Rhode Islanders. “I’d be open to looking at something like that, provided it’s more progressive,” he said.
Speaking during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, Fox says he supports what he called a “balanced” approach to taxation — one that doesn’t push the tax burden higher. As Ted Nesi reports, Fox expressed some opposition to supporting a tax increase on residents who earn more than $250,000 a year.
Fox expressed frustration about Rhode Island unemployment figures showing a three-tenths of a percent increase in December, to 10.8 percent. He said he’s hopeful that various steps — from last year’s pension overhaul to development of the land made available by the relocation of I-195 — will spark better news in the future.