Mississippi Republicans Face Hard Tax Cut Choices

But for Mississippi Republicans, the ouster of Mr. Eaton is only good news, granting them a three-fifths majority in the lower chamber, the threshold needed to pass revenue-related bills over Democratic opposition. That achievement is a reflection of the continuing and drastic recalibration of political power in Mississippi: Republicans gained a majority in the House — their first since Reconstruction — in the 2011 elections. Republicans have a supermajority in the Senate, and Gov. Phil Bryant is a Republican.

Practically speaking, the new political math in the House could clear the way for Republicans to enact sweeping tax cuts. That is likely to exacerbate a tension that defines so much of modern-day policy making in the South, where an ardor for small government often coexists uneasily with low wages and enduring poverty.

New York Times
1/21/16