Wait to see the “reform” Tuesday, Oct 20 2015
The above was prematurely published in 2007.
We are near the beginning of a new four-year term of a new governor and another term of mostly the same leges.
Once again, I caution the media and others against branding any of the politicians “reformers” until at least after the end of the term.
Many of these politicians will be using the term “reform” in their rhetoric. The word “reform” has no more substance than adding the words “new and improved” to a box of laundry detergent. Such words usually mean a slight reduction in the volume in the box and a slight increase in price. In other words expect the status quo
Despite the political re branding, I’m yet to see a single substantive idea for fiscal/tax reform that hasn’t been proposed periodically since 1986.
Any candidate that suggests the need for a study or a “blue ribbon commission” should be dismissed out of hand.
The solution to our chronic fiscal problems is simple. We must replace the Huey Long model of funding state and local government via state taxes. It can be done with one constitutional amendment.
The only thing lacking is the political courage. The bills are all drafted; they may need some updating.
Any candidate promising you fiscal/tax reform without anyone paying more taxes is either ignorant or is a liar.
Please join me in demanding true fiscal reform be accomplished by this time in 2019. We, not the pols or media will determine if it is “reform” or just “re branding.” However, it will never happen if we citizens don’t hold the the elected officials accountable.
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