Beshear's Tax Plan Panned

FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear may not have to worry about statehouse Republicans killing his plan to raise cigarette taxes by 70 cents a pack, reports, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer on its Website, NKY.Com.

House Democrats appear ready to beat the GOP to it. House Speaker Jody Richards has called Beshear's plan a "shocker."

Rep. Arnold Simpson of Covington said he would have to "hold my nose" to back the governor's plan.

Rep. Dennis Keene of Wilder says the governor's plan will have a difficult, if not impossible, time passing the House, reports the newspaper.

House Budget Committee Chairman Harry Moberly called Beshear's plan "irresponsible."

And those are members of the governor's party.

Just three months into his term, Beshear is faced with the daunting task of trying to plug a nearly $1 billion shortfall with a tax he is only supporting because his signature plan to raise revenue - casino gambling - appears to be dead, reports the Enquirer.

"I have said all along that taxes are my last resort," Beshear said during a hastily called Thursday night news conference. "Well, we have arrived at that stage."

Beshear is not only risking political capital by calling for the tax increase, something he has said he would not do; he is also alienating House Democrats, a constituency that should be his natural ally.

But the Democrats favor their own revenue-generating plan and told the governor as much during a sometimes-contentious closed-door meeting Friday in Frankfort, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Copyright: The Cincinnati Enquirer

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  • by John Location: Huntingburg IN on Mar 12, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    I would like to make a quick comment. I dont even live in the state of Kentucky but live in Indiana. We visit your state every 2 months mainly to buy cigerattes because we save quite a bit of money buying them in Kentucky. But since your newly elected Governor has lied to the people of Kentucky, and yes Indiana to, we will no longer be buying cigerattes in Kentucky. We will be giving our tax money to our state of Indiana from now on. I remember Governor Besher saying in one of his speeches while he was running that he would not seek to raise cigerattes because we already pay our fair share of taxes.I know of at least 7 - 8 more people who "used" to cross over into Kentucky to buy cigerattes. But they have all said no more. So thanks to your new Governor just think of all the taxes your state will loose from Indiana residents who will not cross into Kentucky to buy cigerattes. Thousands of dollars per week. So thanks Governor Besher, keep up the good work for your hard working people.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Mar 10, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    This is the same guy who (this past Saturday) said the state of Kentucky was "paralyzed" by the snowstorm. He made this statement as I worked my part time job in a local grocery store that had about 250 customer in it at that time as well as 60 employees. If we were "paralyzed," how in the world did we all end up outside the house, on the roads and into the store? The drive to work at 6am on Saturday was not bad at all. This guy is a complete joke. Oh, by the way; when someone is government says no new taxes, in their mind, raising a tax that already exists is not a NEW TAX. It's just a reconfiguration of the old tax. Ah, politicians are such wonderful people. This guy is a crook; enough said!
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:14 AM
    Beshear, like ALL politicians, is a lair. The governor nor the president can DO ANYTHING without the other lawmakers! They can make all the promises in the world, but will NOT be able to fulfill them. Think about this as you vote for president, they too are promising the moon, but WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DELIVER! Instead of raising taxes, he & the lawmakers could cut some of their pet projects. Get rid of the top heavy people in state government like deputy commissioners, deputy secretaries, etc. BUT NO, they would rather raise taxes on those of us bearly making a living as it is! I say, whenever my lawmakers come up for election, I will not vote for one of them that's in office now! We need to change our lawmakers as well as the top officials! McConnell has been in office so long, that he doesn't care anymore about the people of KY! It's all about him now! Bunning is the same way! I say make a BIG change in our government, get rid of all those in office now! Let's start fresh!
  • by Freda Location: Hazard Kentucky on Mar 9, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    March 09,2008 Beshear, wants to increase the cigarettes tax by 70% maybe we should take a look at increasing the ALCOHOL taxes because the drunks on the roads are costing us all. Our automobile insurance is almost as high as health insurance.How many people die every year because of ALCOHOL and how many family are abused because of alcohol.
  • by joe Location: harlan on Mar 9, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    why can't they raise the tax on alcohol it is worse than cigs and everyone vote no on casinos
  • by steve on Mar 9, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    I told every one about this clown and i am another proud Kentuckian that did not vote for him this guy is a joke he thought he would be in the same Ole Frankfort sorry buddy we the people are going to change this state for the better regardless of party we are tired living like dogs the house is doing the right thing this is a one term joke governor.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    I guess us smoker will just have to find yet another cheapper cig to smoke. Ever time they go up I just switch to a cheapper brand except mainstreet I hate them.
  • by martha Location: ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    why don't we tax drinking and drugs i woul rather ride in a car with some one smoking than being drunk or on drugs no taxes.
  • by Catsfanagain Location: NoCasinos, Kentucky on Mar 9, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    Just three months into his term, Beshear is faced with the daunting task of trying to plug a nearly $1 billion shortfall with a tax he is only supporting because his signature plan to raise revenue - casino gambling - appears to be dead, reports the Enquirer. Anyone who has read some of my other posts on this Governor knows that this is what I have been saying all along. This governor was saying "raising taxes will be my last resort" and then as soon as he realizes the chances of getting his casino plan passed are slim to none wants to raise taxes. Why? Not because its his last resort but instead he wants to punish people for calling their legislators and announcing their opposition to casionos. That is the governor we are going to have to live with the next 4 years. I would also like to say that after seeing the opposition to the evils of gambling that I AM PROUD OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT STATE. KEEP YOUR MORALS AND STAND STRONG. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    What's the song by Rolling Stones....You Can't Always Get What Ya Want. So glad I didn't vote for him!!!!!!
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