The loudest and most significant shift will occur when, if as expected, Gov. Phil Bryant signs into law later this month Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016.
Technically, the lieutenant governor, who presides over the Senate, cannot sponsor legislation. But make no mistake, Reeves, a second-term Republican with an eye on succeeding Bryant as governor in 2020, was the guiding force behind the legislation…
…Some question the wisdom, and at least the optics, of passing the largest tax cut in the state’s history at the same time state budgets are being cut more than 10 percent in some instances and agency directors are talking about curtailing services and laying off employees.
But Reeves counters that long-range tax policy should not be determined by what is occurring in the short-term.