by Max Brantley
No, term-limited Rep. Phil Jackson of Berryville is not hitting the revolving door to the lobbying ranks. He IS going to work full time for the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in "tax outreach" and "public education," says Rich Huddleston, the Advocates' chief. But Huddleston emphasizes that the Advocates wouldn't use the former legislator as a lobbyist in the coming legislative session.
Huddleston notes that Jackson, though a Republican, had a progressive record on tax issues. He was one of the informed opponents of a corporate accounting ruse that allows corporations to dodge Arkansas taxes by writing off profits against out-of-state subsidiaries. Huddleston said Jackson's job is long-term and aimed at informing the faith and business communities of the need for tax reform in Arkansas.
Amen to that.