Friday, March 29, 2013

Prospects good for steel mill subsidies

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Sounds like this turkey is cooked. Direct support by House Speaker Davy Carter and slightly qualified support by Senate President Michael Lamoureux would make it appear Gov. Mike Beebe is going to get his big state subsidy to help a startup steel mill operation in Mississippi County, despite stout opposition from an existing competitor that cranked up here without such millions in taxpayer help.

Sigh. I'm beginning to conclude that Brummett is right. That Davy Carter's unconscionable, unnecessary and unproductive capital gains tax giveaway is part of the grand bargain Beebe is working on to expand Medicaid, get his steel mill and perhaps some other lesser baubles.

If the steel mill works — and if it doesn't cost jobs at Nucor — and if 250,000 more people enjoy health insurance coverage, I know I need to relax and enjoy it. But I just can't help grumping at the notion that any benefit for the average Arkansan must be accompanied by a tribute to rich people, even though our regressive tax system, built on a punishing sales tax and organic favoritism to corporate taxpayers, already favors them.

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