by Max Brantley
I couldn't resist the headline, for its echo of his ad campaign during his ill-fated race for governor in 1990, but I mean no knock at all on Sheffield Nelson, the former Arkla gas CEO, who told the Democrat-Gazette yesterday that he plans to act on his long-held view that the severance tax on natural gas in Arkansas (essentially non-existent now) should be increased. He says an organization will be formed to put a tax increase on the 2008 ballot. If approved, the revenues -- as much as $90 million a year if we set a rate equivalent to neighboring Oklahoma -- would be spent on higher education. He speaks with authority when he says this will have little impact on Arkansas biscuit cookers.
You go, Sheffield.
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PS: John Brummett, who has a better memory than I (as does most of the world) reminds me:
The last-weekend ad by Sheffield against Clinton in 1990 was a poor quality audiotape of Clinton saying 'raise and spend.' ... which, of course, were mere options Clinton was laying out academically to the Joint Budget Committee...