Revenue Enhancements and Democratic IntimidationThe House passed a technical corrections bill from the Governor that contained over 50 tax increases, including a constitutionally questionable tax on athletes who compete in professional sporting events. There is some question as to whether this would qualify as a back-door tax on the athlete's income. There were 38 bills that were declared a "technical correction" and not only bypassed the legislative committee system, but avoided free and open debate in government by members of the executive branch declaring them a "technical corrections." Some 17 of these measures were tax increases. Several were introduced as bills and failed in committee during the 2009 legislative session.
Presently, the House is in recess until 7:00pm CDT so the Democrats can browbeat and intimidate some of their own members into supporting the Governor's attempt to overhaul our mental health laws so that he can cut available beds in the State system. Apparently, they fear it may kill their budget (we can only hope). Welcome to Bredesenland, where those found not guilty by reason of insanity may not be housed at a mental institution near you. Yes sir, our streets are safe with Democrats in charge.
After the fiscal calendar is dealt with, the fourth Senate message calendar of the day must then be addressed bill by bill.
Fasten your seatbelts and grab a sandwich, the House may be here until the Second Coming.