Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Smoking the Funny Stuff

by Mark West

Recent debate in the 85th Congress of Arkansas appears as though spiraling toward crisis. Simply put, Arkansans loath taxes, especially extra new ones that do more to grow government than the people that government allegedly represents. (to continue click "comments" below...)


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Governor Huckabee has been at odds with State Senator Jim Holt (R Springdale) on the subject of immigration. The Governor’s priority of developing more lax and loose immigration laws has deviated from the traditional and conservative means of upholding and strengthening immigration laws to protect citizens and aliens alike. The sticking point on immigration is whether or not to allow companies in Arkansas to operate in similar fashion to the sweat-shops that are decried overseas.

Aside from the harsh verbal exchanges that have occurred on this issue, another pressing issue has flanked Arkansas’ Congress. Yesterday, Senate Bill 231 barely passed the Senate getting only one more vote than was necessary for its passage. No one wanted to appear as though they were raising taxes or the price of gasoline.

SB 231 allows the Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to raise a fee that targets petroleum wholesalers. Some legislators were concerned that the fee could be passed on to the consumer in gas price increases.A similar concern plagues the highway repair needs that were laid out by the Governor. Most proposals for getting the necessary funds for the huge highway project included a tax increase in one form or another. However, if Congress is hesitant due to the political risk of appearing to raise taxes, it is less likely that this highway project will get off the ground, especially with the large amount of money that is being required to modernize the schools in Arkansas (but that’s a topic for another discussion).

More likely than not, the highway department will have to appeal to the people of Arkansas for the needed income to complete the highway project. Why? As I just said, Arkansans don’t want to pay any more taxes than they already do!Senator Dave Brisbee (R Rogers) said it best, “It is going to be darn hard to raise taxes in this body this year. If you think you are going to raise a tax in this Legislature, you are smoking funny stuff.”

Maybe our legislature is listening to the voice of the people? It appears they are trying to push that image. However, time will reveal whether they are truly committed to keeping our taxes low. I’m not smoking the funny stuff and I hope you won’t either.

8:45 PM, February 09, 2005  
Blogger F. Prefect said...

Have you noticed how annoying the highway impovements are? They occasionally increase the risk of car accidents sometimes. It would be nice if they could do them in a discreet and safe manner.

10:43 PM, February 16, 2005  
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