Protesters are urging state lawmakers to eliminate the property taxes that fund public schools, as the Legislature heads into the home stretch of its two-year session.
The focus of attention Tuesday was a bill that would replace property taxes with higher income and sales taxes. The state income tax, now 3.07 percent, would rise by about 1 percentage point.
The sales tax would go from 6 percent to 7 percent, and exceptions would be eliminated.
Prior efforts to replace property taxes with higher sales taxes have run into stiff opposition in the General Assembly.