Bill advances to eliminate grocery tax

Oklahoma City_A Senate committee has approved a bill to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries, despite one senator's argument that lawmakers are promoting a fairy tale.  Several legislators have introduced similar measures, but the plan approved on a 13-to-1 vote in the Senate Finance Committee is sponsored by Sen. Mike Mazzei, a Tulsa Republican who is chairman of the panel.

It would be a $245 million tax cut when fully implemented in five years.   Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield, an Ardmore democrat, says eliminating the grocery tax would help more people than other tax cuts passed in recent years.  But, Crutchfield says it cannot be done in a year when there is a $600 million state budget shortfall. He asked his fellow senators:  "why are putting a fairy tale out to the public?'' The term-limited Crutchfield cast the only "no'' vote.

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