Monday, January 12, 2009

Sen.Teague: “I don’t like the cigarette tax, but I will probably vote for it.”

Perhaps the quote of the day on the opening day of the legislative session came from Sen. Larry Teague. KATV’s Jessica Dean kicked off her first Daily Debrief by hosting the newly elected Senator from Nashville, Arkansas. Sen. Teague talked about his first day back at the capital since leaving the House after being term limited in 2002. He also discussed his new blog which he said he hopes to keep updated during the session but it would not be a priority.

The memorable moment from the interview came in response to a question I submitted as to whether he supports the proposed cigarette tax to fund a new state trauma system. Sen. Teague replied, “I don’t like the cigarette tax but I will probably vote for it.” He went on to say that he felt that cigarette tax burden is “heaviest on the poor who smoke more.”

I will say this for him - he was certainly being honest about how he feels. This might be a prevalent feeling in the legislature where lawmakers are feeling the pressure from party leaders to fall in line.

1 comment:

Tony Harris said...

Does anyone else see a problem with this statement??
This is what is wrong with the whole goverment, from the U.S. senate and House of Reps. down to local city and county Goverments!
They do not like something and do not feel comfortable about it, BUT they will vote for it anyway!!
Is this why people ELECT someone, TO JUST VOTE THE WAY THE A PERSON SITTING NEXT TO THEM IN THE LEGISLATURE SAY TO VOTE???
Tony Harris