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March Madness -- Montpelier-style

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This is definitely a new spin on the term tax bracket.

A Vermont lawmaker has pitted all the potential taxes lawmakers are toying with as potential revenue sources against each other in a basketball-style bracket.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann came up with the idea. She hopes lawmakers will pick which taxes they think will "win" -- meaning which will pass through the House Ways and Means Committee.

She even went so far as to rank the taxes -- not by which ones she supports, but by which ones she thinks have the best chance of succeeding.

The gas tax, which passed in the House earlier this week, has the top seed.

"It just seemed like March Madness was a perfect sort of illustration of what we were doing," said Scheuermann, R-Lamoille. "It's sort of madness over here trying to figure out the development of this 2014 budget and all these revenues we're trying to look for to fill."

There are 32 taxes in the brackets and 32 proposals being considered.

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