… to push tax hikes
What is it that guys named Ed Henry rock?
Yes Virginia, or liberals, we do call out our own. Much unlike your group!
In a bombshell interview on the Matt Murphy Show Wednesday morning, State Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) said he believes Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was disingenuous with voters by claiming he did not realize he would feel compelled to raise taxes until after winning re-election. The sophomore legislator also said the governor has resorted to using “strong-arm tactics” in an attempt to force the legislature to support his impending proposal to raise taxes.
“I knew when we were working on last year’s budget that this coming year’s budget was going to be worse,” said Henry. “Now, I’m a lowly House member. If I could see the writing on the wall, then I have to believe that our chief executive officer of the state knew what was coming. And I believe, had he projected a year ago that these were his intentions, he probably would have had more competition in a Republican primary. There’s no way he didn’t see this coming.”
Murphy asked Henry about a story Yellowhammer broke Tuesday morning in which lawmakers, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said the governor was threatening to withhold infrastructure and community development funding from Districts whose legislators do not support his tax proposal.
“The governor has certain tools in his shed that he can work with to strong-arm legislators,” explained Henry. “Governors throughout the decades have used them. –
“I did not get elected to office to continue the status quo. That’s the reason our country is in the shape it’s in. The reason our state is in the state that it’s in is because people — legislators, politicians — believed they could go to Montgomery, go to Washington, do whatever they want as far as passing themselves pay raises, tax increases, but as long as they bring home the bacon, bring home the projects to their local area, they can do anything they want to in Montgomery. In 2010 we changed all that… I was not sent there to bring home the bacon.”
Yellowhammer asked a spokesperson for the governor if he maintains that he did not know prior to winning re-election how bad the budgeting situation was going to be, and therefore did not realize he would feel compelled to push tax increases. We also asked if the governor disputes accusations from Henry and other legislators that he is using “strong-arm” tactics, such as withholding road projects from Districts whose legislators do not support his tax proposal.
The governor’s office declined to comment.
* Ed is one of Top 7 most conservative Alabama legislators