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Ronnie Musgrove on Tax Reform

2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor


Wicker is not fiscally conservative on taxes

On the campaign trail, Roger Wicker will try to convince you heís been true to conservative principles. But if you donít take my word for it, you can take the word of some of the toughest conservative watchdog groups in this country.

The National Taxpayers Union gave Roger Wicker a 56 percent rating for holding the line on taxes and spending. They tried to be nice and called it a C+, but 56 percent is an F in just about anyone elseís grade book. And the Club for Growth gave him a 52 percent rating.

When you get failing grades from the National Taxpayers Union and the Club for Growth, you have no business calling yourself a fiscal conservative. And sending sugar plums to New York and California doesnít sound very Mississippi to me.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech , Jan 7, 2008

As governor, balanced budget without raising taxes

I was proud to serve this state as Governor. Every year we balanced our budget. And we did it without compromising our values and without raising taxes a single time during my four years as your Governor.

Our spending was smart, our economy was growing we were investing in education and we were attracting jobs and investment. We did it by working across political lines and watching the bottom line.

Thatís the kind of federal government this country needs and this state deserves. And that leadership and example has to start in Washington.

I believe in rights of taxpayers, and my loyalties are to middle class families here at home in Mississippi. Iím not going to go to Washington to tell other states how to do their business. Thatís the benefit of having been a governor. I know what works in Mississippi and what doesnít. But what I am going to do is go to Washington and help change the priorities of this government and the direction of our country.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech , Jan 7, 2008

Other governors on Tax Reform: Ronnie Musgrove on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Haley Barbour
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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