This workforce bill debacle is just one of several incidents in Republican dominated state government that points to GOP leaders’ difficulty in working together. Allegedly, a recommendation by Bryant that management of prison agricultural lands be transferred to the Office of the Secretary of State died because some GOP leaders are disgruntled with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. A similar proposal to transfer the Inmate Welfare Fund to the Office of the State Treasurer allegedly died because some in the GOP are disgruntled with State Treasurer Lynn Fitch.
And then there was the whole tax cut debacle in itself. The Republican Governor, Republican Lt. Governor, and Republican Speaker of the House all proposed tax cuts to the Republican controlled Legislature, but somehow none survived.
The real message from this session may be that Republicans can’t get along well enough to govern effectively.