- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The sponsor of an Arizona House bill cutting income taxes if the state begins collecting sales taxes from online purchases says it will live to see another day.

The bill by Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler failed Tuesday after several Republicans broke ranks to vote against the bill. A second vote was set for Thursday but one supportive Republican was missing so House Bill 2061 died.

Mesnard says he’ll now have to resurrect the bill’s language by substituting it on other legislation set for a hearing next week.

The proposal will force income tax cuts by the same amount collected in the first year the state begins collecting online taxes.

Mesnard says even though the taxes are now legally owed, starting to collect them is essentially a new tax.

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