There were a variety of meetings this morning at the Capitol with members of the Tax Reform Commission, Grover Norquist from Americans for Tax Reform, and other interested parties including legislators, capitol staffers, and members of various other right-leaning interest groups.
I’m told by one participant that it was not what he expected to observe at all, and it may have been one of the most productive policy conversations he has ever witnessed.
While both sides stated their positions fairly firmly at the beginning, it seemed that fairly early into one of the meetings, the inner-wonk of each side was properly stroked, and thus began an hour or so of back and forth trading of philosophy, data, and positions of common ground.
I’m told by the observer that he would not be surprised if a few tweaks were made to the proposal that would receive substantial support from each side, and removed the dreaded “Tax Increase” label affixed by Norquist’s ATR.
If this is no longer a bill that represents a “tax increase”, then the climate may be changing down at the Capitol. An early spring thaw may even bring this out of hibernation and onto the Governor’s desk.