Saturday, February 07, 2009

Gov Beebe's Cigarette Tax (HB1024) Passed House by One Vote

If either one of the following Republicans had voted against the bill, it would have been defeated. But it must still pass the Senate.

These Republicans have given us some good votes in the past, but we are very disappointed with their votes on this bill.

These Republicans voted with the Governor on his cigarette tax bill:

(R) Rep. Rick Green, Dist 66 1807 Bunker Hill Van Buren, AR 72956 Ph: 479-470-9911 Fax : 479-421-0195 mailto:mgreen@arkleg.state.ar.us
R) Rep Robert Dale Dist 70, 90 Claud Hottinger Road, Dover, 72837 479-498-2467 redale70@yahoo.com
(R) Rep. Bill Sample, Dist. 30 2340 North Hwy. 7 Hot Springs AR 71909 Bus: 501-321-0040 Fx: 501-321-4249 sampleb@arkleg.state.ar.us
(R) Rep. Tim Summers Dist. 99 P.O. Box 1805 Kimberly Place, Bentonville, 72712, 479-464-1060 summerst@arkleg.state.ar.us
(R) Rep. Beverly Pyle, Dist.83 1017 Dorothy Drive Cedarville AR 72932 Bus: 479-474-6158 Fx: 479-474-8386 pyleb@arkleg.state.ar.us
(R) Rep. Roy Ragland, Dist. 90 P. O. Box 610 Marshall AR 72650 Bus: 870-448-6640 raglandr@arkleg.state.ar.us

The following two Democrats voted against the bill: (They must have real courage. I hope to meet them some time)

Rep. Pam Adcock Dist.35 6205 Hinkson Little Rock AR 72209 Bus. 501-568-3398 adcockp@arkleg.state.ar.us
Rep. Stephanie Flowers, Dist. 17 104 Main Street Suite C Pine Bluff AR 71601 Ph: 870-535-1032 Fx: 870-535-1032 flowerss@arkleg.state.ar.us

"As the Dem Gaz reported "Gov. Mike Beebe's effort to raise taxes on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco squeaked through the state House of Representatives on Thursday after one Republican referred to "waterboarding" tactics of Democratic leaders applying pressure to undecided members. "

"Fort Smith Republican Rep. Frank Glidewell, speaking in the House against HB1204, said the tax would usher in big government and had grown to include too many health-related programs.


"The fathers of the New Deal would have been proud," Glidewell said.
He also said towels needed to be passed out to lawmakers, quipping: "I thought waterboarding had been outlawed." Link to full article in Arkansas Democrat Gazette. http://www.nwanews.com/adg/National/251539/

I guess we now know that 22 of our good Republicans can take the heat and "waterboarding" for Republican principles. One Republican in particular took an extra amount of heat, Republican Ed Garner. He did a TV debate with the sponsor of Beebe's bill on Steve Barnes TV show. He did such a good job that I think he became a threat to the media, so they did a couple of unfavorable articles on him. Thanks especially to Republican Ed Garner for his courage and calm, intelligent, professional skills in debating.

The bill still has to pass the Senate now before Beebe can sign it. At least one Democrat has said he would vote against it (Senator Jerry Taylor). We have seven Republicans so we would only need one more Democrat to defeat it if the Republicans can stand the "waterboarding" and all stick together. It takes a 75% majority for this tax increase, and there are 35 Senators.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One Republican in particular took an extra amount of heat, Republican Ed Garner. He did a TV debate with the sponsor of Beebe's bill on Steve Barnes TV show. He did such a good job that I think he became a threat to the media, so they did a couple of unfavorable articles on him. Thanks especially to Republican Ed Garner for his courage and calm, intelligent, professional skills in debating."

Ed Garner is an especially poor representative for conservatives in Arkansas. The reason that the news media did some unfavorable articles on him is not that they don't like him but that, although he sits on the main tax committee in the House, he owes over $50,000 in taxes to federal, state, and local government because of his failed bakery. He is incapable of running a business.

Furthermore he doesn't understand economic or tax policy. I saw him on TV explaining that the reason we don't like sales taxes is that they take money out of the economy, so instead we should raise fines. Fines take money out of the economy in just the same way as sales taxes do.

6:08 AM, February 08, 2009  

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