Wednesday, January 18, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Wednesday, January 18, 2006

1. Can you believe there is shock over the fact that the coast still has a long way to go? It shows you exactly how out-of-touch Congress is with what is going on in Mississippi and Louisiana. It also shows exactly how poor of a job Gov. Barbour has done in relaying to his Republican cronies the entirety of the disaster that is Katrina.
Coast progress disappoints - The Clarion-Ledger:
GULFPORT — Members of a U.S. Senate committee said Tuesday they were surprised to see so much debris still covering Mississippi's Gulf Coast more than four months after Hurricane Katrina wiped out 65,000 houses and 2,000 businesses.

Senators of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee flew over the Coast with Mississippi first lady Marsha Barbour and spent a few hours in Gulfport to listen to testimony from federal, state and local officials about recovery delays and the needs they face. Afterward, they traveled to New Orleans to tour the city and listen to witness testimony.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Connecticut, said he and committee chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, first toured the devastated Coast a few weeks after the storm. He said the mountains of debris he saw Tuesday took him aback.
2. How dare Mike Moore try to do something like curb teen smoking and protect the nation's most successful smoking cessation program from being killed by a former tobacco-lobbyist-turned-governor. Such arrogance Mike Moore has to do something that would make our state a healthier place to live. Doesn't he know he can make millions on top of millions of dollars by working for Big Tobacco, becoming governor and then threatening to veto such heinous legislation like the bill that would raise the cigarette tax while ending the grocery tax? Really, now, Mr. Moore. If you continue your crusade, the people of Mississippi might actually expect more out of our state leaders. We wouldn't want that, would we?
Partnership funding bills seek to end political feud - The Clarion-Ledger:
Bills awaiting debate in the Mississippi Legislature are designed to diffuse a political battle over state funding for anti-smoking programs, former Attorney General Mike Moore says.

House Bill 1115 and Senate Bill 2760 say legislators — not a judge — would direct $20 million a year to a private, nonprofit group called The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi.

Moore, chairman of the Partnership's board of directors, said he asked lawmakers to make the change.

"In an overarching effort to try to end the controversy that has continued for years and years about how the Partnership money is appropriated and to get the talk radio silent and to get all the politics and nuisances out of this successful program, we are going to attempt to make sure that the money is appropriated by the Legislature to the Partnership," Moore said Tuesday.
3. I don't think he listened...
Tax swap - The Clarion-Ledger:
Gov. Haley Barbour shouldn't foist his personal political will upon the people of Mississippi by vetoing the Legislature's tobacco tax hike and grocery sales tax elimination.

The tax swap serves the people by hiking the cigarette tax to national levels while phasing out the state's sales tax on food.

Cutting the tax on food puts about $250 per year in the pockets of a family of four that spends about $300 a month on groceries. The tobacco tax would raise Mississippi's 18-cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes to 75 cents a pack July 1, then to $1 a pack on July 1, 2007. The national average tobacco tax is 92 cents per pack.
4. He voted for the bill before he voted against it. But not a damned thing has changed in the bill. Perhaps Sen. Chaney just wanted to protect his seat on the state plane.

Oh. And don't believe the hogwash about fully funding education. Chaney wouldn't support that either, because his political guru – that would be Gov. Barbour – is not in favor of doing so.
Key senator changes mind on tax bill -
JACKSON - Sen. Mike Chaney, R-Vicksburg, said late Tuesday he would vote to uphold Gov. Haley Barbour's expected veto of legislation that phases out the tax on groceries.

Barbour will hold a 6 p.m. news conference today to announce whether he will sign or veto the legislation. Legislators said they were confident that Barbour would veto the bill.

On Tuesday, various legislators said the governor was working hard to flip the votes needed to sustain a pending veto of the legislation, which passed both the House and the Senate with more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a gubernatorial veto.Chaney, a Tupelo native, said he is changing his vote "because you cannot have the largest tax cut in state history and at the same time be a proponent of fully funding education."


T. Frank said...

What a joke. This guy is an absolute liar. What a shame if the CL does not stand up and call him and those like him, including the Governor, liars.

1/18/2006 10:07:48 AM  

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