Alex's Outlook

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Yesterday, Alabama voters rejected Governor Bob Riley's proposed tax hike by a staggering 68-32 margin. It would have raised Alabama's taxes by $1.2 billion a year.

Riley had spent weeks campaigning for the increase. Apparently his logic was, "Since Alabama is so poor and Alabama also has one of the lowest tax rates in the nation, higher taxes = a better-off state!" Riley's recent record was all the more depressing because he was a staunch conservative while representing his Alabama district in Congress.

In any case, his career is in big trouble. He will probably get knocked off in the primary. It's nice to see one Republican traitor get made an example of after other GOP Governors like Kenny Guinn and Bob Taft got away with fat tax hikes.

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