Del. Lawmakers Propose Tax Increase to Balance State Budget

House lawmakers are giving initial consideration to host of proposals by Democratic lawmakers to increase taxes on Delawareans to help balance the state budget.

Among the bills up for discussion Wednesday in a House committee is a proposal to raise income tax rates across the board, eliminate itemized deductions and increase the standard deduction, and creating a new tax bracket for income above $150,000.

The committee also will consider a competing proposal to create two new tax brackets at $125,000 and $250,000.

Other bills on the committee agenda include proposals to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco products and establish a new tax on opioids.

Consideration of the bills comes as budget talks between Democrats and Republicans remain bogged down over competing priorities regarding cutting spending and raising taxes.

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