While Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said last week that an income tax is unlikely to pass this year, his boss has a different idea. Governor Bill Walker shot off a letter to legislators today, demanding they implement a broad-based tax this year, or else he'll keep them in special session until they do.
The governor's letter is to the point, saying taxes are nonnegotiable for him. Earlier this year, he said all options were in pencil; today he writes that they are in pen. We include the letter in its entirety here: