SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A U.S. Conference of Mayors committee on Sunday urged Congress to retain the deductibility of local sales taxes and called for a constitutional amendment to protect local revenue sources.
"It's extremely unfair to single out the sales tax, which is very important to some cities and states," said Richard Berkley, Republican mayor of Kansas City, Mo., whose resolution is aimed at the income tax overhaul bill before the Senate.
The resolutions committee also endorsed revision of the income tax as a way to reduce the federal deficit, but it backed away from a Berkley proposal that Congress also be urged to raise tax rates, if necessary, to reduce the deficit.
The committee passed 70 resolutions and sent them to the full gathering of more than 150 mayors from across the nation. The entire group will vote Wednesday on the motions, which also propose a crackdown on plastic handguns that can elude detection in airport security and support additional federal aid to the homeless and hungry.