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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Beebe: Right and wrong

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 5:54 AM

Gov. Mike Beebe reiterated yesterday that any increase in the severance tax wouldn't go into state general revenues, but be dedicated, if he has his way, to highways.

Politically, it's the easy call. It enlists powerful lobbies to the cause of passing the tax. Voters tend to respond well to targeted tax appeals and highways are forever popular, particularly as fuel prices and conservation measures constrict the normal road construction revenue base.

But good government would say put the money where the legislature and governor can decide its wisest use, not direct what could be a huge sum to a politically independent agency unanswerable to the people.

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