Trust the truck lobby? | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Trust the truck lobby?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Call me cynical. Idle talk from the truck lobby about maybe, possibly, if-the-creek-don't-rise supporting an unspecified diesel tax increase next year (free beer tomorrow) strikes me first as a ploy to further work against repeal of the truck/trailer total sales tax exemption set to go into effect July 1. It was supposed to be a companion measure to voter passage of a diesel tax increase, but the election was scrapped because of expected failure. Truckers first said they wanted to keep the sales tax break anyway, but an uproar forced a grudging agreement to voice support for repeal.

But the giveback can't happen without legislative action and rules severely restrict anything but budget work in the coming fiscal session.

The sizable Republican legislative contingent has already made clear its enmity toward anything that could be called a tax increase (this technically wouldn't be an increase; repealing the exemption would only stop implementation of a planned cut). But between election year anti-tax fervor and the difficulty in repealing the tax giveaway without an extraordinary majority vote in the fiscal session, the truckers are well positioned to see the giveaway take effect in July 1 as scheduled. That should be an outrage to other taxpayers unable to pull disappearing tax tricks on the legislature. But, if they can oil the waters by promising a proposed diesel increase effort of some amount some time in the great by and by, it might make the something-for-nothing deal go down a little easier.

Perhaps this is unfair. Perhaps we should trust the good intentions of the truck lobby, which is single-handedly responsible for destroying interstates at a rate faster than taxpayers can rebuild them, even though we keep borrowing money to do it.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Speaking of the Clinton Foundation: Returns in maize and beans

    A reporter for Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking organization, sent a reporter to Africa to see where money given to the Clinton Foundation has been put to work. He found tangible results.
    • Sep 6, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Viewed

  • Wendell Griffen calls for rejection of 60th school crisis anniversary events

    Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen wants no part of the planned observance of the 60th anniversary of the Central High crisis. He refuses to be 'pimped' by white supremacists, he said in a Sunday sermon..
  • Trump talks tough at UN

    Donald Trump talked tough at the UN particularly concerning North Korea
  • Latest Obamacare repeal proposal even worse for women

    The Graham-Cassidy bill to undo the Affordable Care Act will be devastating in Arkansas — an overall reduction in Medicaid spending by billions and  a pathway to gutting of premium protection for people already sick are certain to dramatically reduce access to health coverage. But wait. There's more bad news.
  • Trump rejects findings on net benefit of immigration

    The Trump administration has rejected a study that concludes immigrants produce more through taxes and labor than they cost the federal government. To do so, it had to jigger with the study.
  • Medical marijuana by the numbers

    This accounting of interest so far in the new medical marijuana business in Arkansas from KARK/Fox 16's Jessi Turnure at the close of the initial application period for those seeking permits to grow or sell medical marijuana:

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation