More mush from the lobbyists' friend | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, August 4, 2007

More mush from the lobbyists' friend

Posted By on Sat, Aug 4, 2007 at 5:50 AM

Gov. Mike Beebe also disclosed yesterday that state officials had been meeting with the gas industry about whether they might, pretty please, pay a little bit -- temporarily you understand -- for the huge damage they are doing to roads during exploration work. In 2009, he says, the legislature might address an issue he refused to discuss in 2007, when it was already apparent that it needed addressing.

Maybe, someday, the governor can persuade the lobbyists to take another meeting to ask  them, if, pretty please, they could put a tiny little temporary tax on somebody or another to address, or at least monitor, the environmental harm that's occuring.

Call me crazy. I think a real leader would  independently assess the impact of such an industry, study how other progressive states deal with them, make sure that existing structures -- such as environmental control and the property tax system -- are working properly (we know they are not), tally the cost and then TELL the industry what he proposes to do about it. Yeah, yeah. I know. I'm not holding my breath. Beebe is going to dance with what brung him. The lobbyists will be served. But not to worry. He's an expert at body language. He knows which ones are telling the truth.


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