Barbour drops ‘gifts’ on new Republican leaders

With the New Year comes a new Republican governor, Republican lieutenant governor and Republican speaker of the House, new Republican committee chairpersons, new or bigger Republican legislative majorities, and many new Republican legislators.

As they celebrate, eh, I mean buckle down to their new roles, they will find three last-minute “gifts” from their outgoing governor and political godfather.

No, I don’t mean the important and useful messages Haley Barbour delivered in his three December “values” speeches. The gifts I refer to are his move to allow offshore drilling in the Gulf, his final “smaller government” budget and his PERS Study Commission recommendations.

Bill Crawford