BY: Geoff Pender
The large GOP tax cuts appear dead for this legislative session.
But they will live on, at least through November, in campaign push cards, robocalls and ads. Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn has already repeated the chorus: Democrats killed the tax cuts.
They did. In the House, Democrats caucused and blocked the three-fifths supermajority needed to pass $555 million in corporate and individual tax cuts.
But if Republican leaders really wanted tax cuts instead of just campaign fodder they shoulda-coulda-woulda done things differently. They should have worked together. They did not.
The Great Tax Cut Hullabaloo of 2015 raises a recurring question: Can the state’s Republican leaders not get together, at least on major state-altering policy?