Now come the tax cuts | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Now come the tax cuts

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:27 AM

The legislature is close to rolling out the final outline of the tax cut parade.

Rep. Charlie Collins' windfall for rich people seems to lead the list of favorites, though House speaker Davy Carter's blind faith in cutting the single levy already most beneficial to the smallest number of wealthy people — the advantage given capital gains income — remains high on his honey-do list.

If I may repeat myself pointlessly:

* There is no credible showing that tax cutting is a pathway to economic prosperity. Also see this.

* Charlie Collins' bill is particularly unfair — no benefit to working poor, huge benefit to wealthy.

* Nobody's made a credible showing that Arkansas is overtaxed. We remain at the bottom of per capita tax rankings, the only meaningful measure.

* Republican legislators have proposed tax cuts first without any meaningful discussion about existing needs and impact on higher education, prisons and other vital services. Does a cutting edge high-tech entrepreneur really hold low taxes paramount? Or might they prefer to locate in a place with a quality higher education system and a system of laws that values men and women, if not equally, at least with a shred of the respect accorded guns?

* Republican leaders are also pushing a raid on general revenue for highway building, an adventure that could make it even harder for existing services to sustain themselves. This plan also now comes with an unconscionable bribe payment to win support from the city and county government lobby, rolling in so much road money already from turnback that they don't need more. Now Republican leaders will give the dough to cities and counties for any use they might desire, public official pay raises or whatever. Maybe Buddy can paint that bridge red, white and blue after all.

That said, let the tax cutting and succor of the wealthy begin.

But whatever you do, don't forget guns and fetuses. More guns and fewer medical rights are Arkansas's ticket to becoming a magnet for the new economy. Aren't they?

(Until now, Republicans have been remiss in another vital economic development area — continuing to be a national leader in developing legal means to discriminate against gay people. But the vaginal wand proponent from Conway is ranting on Twitter now on that subject, particularly the coming Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage. So perhaps that vacuum is soon to be filled.)

None dare call this state moderate.

PS — Should the same-sex marriage case interest you, Linda Greenhouse has a good article on the subject today. It's about how times have changed dramatically on the issue, no matter the outcome. Less so in Arkansas, as in most areas of human progress. Also elsewhere in Dixie, despite polls trending strongly in support of same-sex marriage nationally.

Tags:

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Three ead in WLR

    Three dead in suspected double murder-suicide in West Little Rock.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • One dead in shooting at Buffalo National River

    KTHV reports a man was fatally shot Saturday at the Buffalo National River in Searcy County in what is being called an officer-involved shooting. No other details at the moment.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • If it's really about history ..... read some

    The Confederate statue defenders in Hot Springs insist their regular demonstrations are about historic preservation, not white supremacy. History in books (if not on statues) tells another story.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.
  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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