Should a sales tax increase been part of the fix?

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 2:44 p.m.

The governor could have avoided a good portion of the spending cuts by adopting a 1 percent sales tax hike. It could begin May 1 and roll-back on Oct. 31, thereby impacting out-of-state visitors in greater numbers. Or, a sales tax hike could be structured to “sunset” in two years. Is this preferable to cutting spending?