Friday, January 30, 2009

Bipartisan Support for the Cigarette Tax? (UPDATE)

The Democrat Party of Arkansas released a press release this morning saying there is now bipartisan support for the cigarette tax increase. They plan to have a rally at the state capital on Monday at 11:00 to prove it. However, it does not say who the Republicans are that support the tax hike. I guess you will have to show up on Monday to find out.

Right now, the only name I have heard is Rep. Rick Green. This rally looks like an attempt to try and shore up support before the Republican rally against increasing your taxes on Tuesday with former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

Here is the Press Release (thanks to Max Brantley) ...


HEALTH AND TOBACCO NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS UNITE IN THE FACE OF BIG TOBACCO

At a bipartisan announcement Monday, a call will be made to put Arkansas's health care needs above partisanship despite efforts by the national tobacco lobby to divide Arkansas's elected leaders.

WHO: Democratic and RepublicanLeaders
WHAT: Call For Bipartisan Cooperation in the Face of Divisive Action by Big Tobacco
WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda
WHEN: 11 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2009

UPDATE - I was told by an inside source that the other Republican who wants to raise your taxes is Sen. Cecile Bledsoe.

1 comment:

Brett said...

So I guess to be bipartisan it means you just have to get 1 vote from the other party in each house? Not a very high standard.