They came with stark choices.
Cut employee benefits.
Or raise taxes.
Local government officials presented lawmakers with those untenable options as they implored them Monday to keep local sales taxes on groceries.
The House tax committee on Monday began debating a bill that was already passed in the Senate that eliminated state and local sales tax on groceries by next year.
As the bill originally came out of a Senate committee, it would have only exempted state and local sales taxes . . .