DAILY JOURNAL editorial: OUR OPINION: Politics drives talk of a state tax cut

Next year is an election year for everyone in state government, which means decisions will skew even more than usual toward what’s politically popular. What’s good politics, however, is not always what’s best for the state.

Consider the current rumblings of a tax cut to be considered in the 2015 legislative session. The state’s top three leaders – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn – all appear to be jockeying for position in advocating what Reeves calls “a raise for taxpayers.”

It’s got a good political ring to it, especially if you can hear the footsteps of a Tea Party primary challenger behind you, as both Bryant and Reeves are no doubt contemplating. It’s a surefire way to solidify your conservative bonafides and seize the momentum from anyone coming at you from the right.

Daily Journal
8/18/14