Roby Brock at Talk Business reports on legislation by Republican Sens. Johnny Key and Jonathan Dismang to cripple advertising and promotion commissions by requiring popular votes on all hamburger taxes and reapproval of such taxes every four years.
If the Republicans are bent on upending representative government in favor of plebiscites, let’s don’t stop with A&P commissions. Let’s require taxpayer votes on multimillion-dollar giveaways to, say, chambers of commerce. And let’s periodic renewal votes on these and other corporate welfare giveaways. Same thing for huge tax exemptions on utility purchases that the biscuit cooker doesn’t enjoy. And so on. These are every bit, if not more, costly than the burger taxes.