Reeves Kills Bill Only to Claim Ownership in an Election Year
Taterize: “To kill bills authored by your political enemies, all for political purposes, then steal the policy idea and introduce the bill in a future session as your own, especially near an election year.”
Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, a man obviously ambitious to be governor in 2019, has begun maneuvering ahead of next year’s legislative session and statewide elections.
According to Steve Wilson at Mississippi Watchdog, Reeves has set his sights on the corporate franchise tax, which “hits companies in the state for capital or property at a rate of $2.50 per $1,000 of capital or property, whichever is greater. The state’s franchise tax rate is sixth-highest in the nation and is one of the few without limits on the maximum payment.”
According to an aide, Reeves “is reviewing several approaches to give Mississippians tax relief, including looking at income taxes and the franchise tax,” said Laura Hipp, director of communications for Reeves. “Lt. Gov. Reeves believes it is time to give the taxpayers a pay raise now that the state’s fiscal house is in order with a strong rainy day fund and by only spending what government takes in from revenues.”
Don’t look now, Tate, but you are starting to sound like a McDaniel Republican, not the Cochran Republican that you are.
And well he should, for he stole the corporate franchise tax cut idea from the Senator from Jones County, who has introduced the bill every year since he has been in the legislature, an act that would completely phase out the entire tax. And since Reeves has been the Lt. Governor, he has killed it, including this year’s session, in order to keep McDaniel from having any legislative accomplishments.
So what was not any good in previous years, according to the illustrious Lt. Governor, now seems to be just the thing the state needs. Does he hear conservative footsteps behind him? Is he worried about a challenge next year?
For those who think we are making this up, or that we have succumbed to more conspiracy theories, you can see for yourself. Here is a copy of Senator McDaniel’s bill from 2009: Senate Bill 2131
Senator McDaniel, you have been Taterized!