Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pop Quiz: What's More Important? Ramsey's Campaign or Fall Creek Falls?

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 7:19 AM

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Senate Republicans finally have revealed what they're willing to sacrifice in the state budget to enhance their prospects in November's elections. To avoid raising any taxes or fees even the tiniest amount, they've tossed away a one-time pay bonus for beleaguered state employees, and they once again have raided the state's funds to preserve natural land.

State workers haven't had a pay raise in three years, but so what? Republicans hate taxes. Some of the sparkling gems of the state's natural treasures are threatened by development. Big deal. Who cares if condos destroy the view of the bluffs overlooking Fall Creek Falls? We can find another scenic picture for our tourist brochures. Let's get our priorities straight. Ron Ramsey is running for governor.

Update: In a rare rebuke, the Knoxville News Sentinel calls on Republicans to act like reasonable adults:

The GOP leadership in the Legislature, however, regards even modest increases in fees and taxes - an extra dollar for pet vaccinations, for example, and removing the sales tax exemption on the first $15 of a monthly cable bill - with the same scorn normally reserved for the bogeyman of Tennessee politics, an income tax. Republicans should turn down the volume on election-year rhetoric and work with the administration on its package.

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