Tax What You Love
While I was in Arkansas recently to report this profile of Gov. Mike Beebe, I visited Searcy, where he practiced law for many years. Beebe ...
While I was in Arkansas recently to report this profile of Gov. Mike Beebe, I visited Searcy, where he practiced law for many years. Beebe still makes it home some weekends, often stopping at the Main Street Cafe on Saturday mornings for biscuits and gravy before hitting the links with his golf buddies. (Beebe lives on a golf course.)
At the cafe, I asked a few of the regulars what they thought about their hometown governor. They were pretty positive and even proud. Julie Gude (pictured), one of the waitresses, said, "I like him."
But she had a bone to pick nonetheless.
"When he was in here, he grabbed me by the arm and said, 'Julie, how ya doing?' I said, 'Governor, I don't like spending $6 on my cigarettes.'" Beebe had engineered a 56-cent per pack tobacco tax increase this year.
"He said, 'Julie, I figured it out. You smoke four less cigarettes a day, you'll come out even.'
"I told him, 'Governor, why don't you tax golf carts?'"
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