Tax Debate Not Over

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

Governor Haley Barbour needs three votes in the state Senate to sustain his veto of the tax bill. It appears he may have one of those votes in Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian. Newscenter 11 asked Carmichael if the veto will be sustained.

"The vote right now, people just trying to poll other senators, is that it is very, very close," said Carmichael. "We think there is enough if everybody stays with what they may do. If I had to vote today that's what I would do."

Rep. Eric Robinson of Quitman is also opposed to the tax plan because of its possible effect on the federal hurricane dollars coming to Mississippi.

"Those people in Washington who have voted and done this, if they see us down here doing a tax cut right now, it's irresponsible to say the least. And they're going to say 'my goodness, we're sending billions and they're lowering the taxes when they probably ought to be raising the taxes'," said Robinson.

Other issues discussed this week included a statewide building code, a mandatory seat belt law, education and northeast Mississippi's request for $14.5 million to build an industrial park in their area.

Carmichael added that he has no doubts about his opposition to that.

"It's ridiculous. I cannot understand why any one section of the state would have the nerve to ask that in the first place," Carmichael said.

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