Logan County

Jason Murphey: The Dastardly Art of Freshman Pawning

Much of the time and energy of this legislative session was consumed by the push to raise taxes, even if those taxes were unconstitutional.This push was led by a group of “increase taxes at all cost” ideologues who deployed an array of tactics and…

Jason Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years - part one

Perhaps you read these articles a few months ago and took note of my optimism about this year’s legislative session. As the legislative year progressed, you likely also noticed my sentiment devolve into strong disapproval. I have imagined the confusion of the reader who in the past six months suffered the whiplash effect of three months of optimism followed by three months of me describing the least principled/most unconstitutional and least transparent session in my eleven years of legislative involvement…

Jason Murphey: What is Hulu?

As I think back over the recently concluded legislative session, I recall an especially notable moment during one of the frequent tax increase sessions of the Appropriations and Budget Committee. Those who run the committee were bringing forward one…

Jason Murphey: The Unsuccessful Tax Increase Attempts

Over the course of the past several months I have written about an array of tax increases attempted by the legislature. As this year’s legislative session has been brought to an end, I thought it a good idea to describe the tax increase attempts that…

Jason Murphey: Assessing the Damage Part II

Last week I wrote about two new taxes that were recently approved by the Legislature. Because these new taxes did not meet the requirements of the Constitution, I believe they will be thrown out by the courts. The damage from this legislative…