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Monday, April 17, 2006

State GOP hits Beebe on taxes

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 2:47 PM

It was only a matter of time before we got to see this, and today is the day.

The state Republican Party rolled out the list of tax increases Mike Beebe voted for during the 20 years he served in the state senate. It adds up to $10 billion, according to state Republican Party executive director Clint Reed, who also blames Beebe for increases in the state sales tax.

Their evidence amounts to a laundry list of revenue items considered over the course of two decades. Reed's press release also adds, "Asa Hutchinson has proposed making it harder to raise taxes by requiring a super-majority vote before the state legislature can raise sales or general taxes."

We will post a response from Beebe's campaign as soon as we receive it.

PS from Max -- This is some hokey stuff. How can Beebe be responsible for $10 billion in tax increases when the state won't spend half that amount on its general revenue budget in 2004-05. Simple. It's because they're adding all taxes collected on a cumulative basis since inception. Thus, a tax that produces $1 million a year is actually a $20 million tax in the voodoo math of the state Republican Party, if adopted 20 years ago. Makes for a nice round number, but it's wildly misleading.

The GOP fails to note that a good two-thirds of this $10 billion tab was accumulated on Republican Mike Huckabee's watch and with his approval, either tacit or explicit. The GOP also fails to note what it would have done about operating schools, prisons and nursing homes and building highways if these taxes were not approved. The sales tax accounts for most of the $10 billion and you might recall that Arkansas voters, given a chance to throw out a huge portion of the sales taxes criticized here, rejected the idea. So, Clint, which $10 billion in services would you cut? Be specific.

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