Bentley’s tax dilemma

In isolation, Gov. Robert Bentley’s promise to veto a General Fund budget that does not adequately fund Medicaid is noble.
As a doctor, he understands the consequences of cutting a skeletal Medicaid budget that serves 900,000 Alabamians, mostly children: people die.
His stance cannot be viewed in isolation, though. He also has vowed to veto any tax increases.
How does Bentley say the Legislature should meet the state’s Medicaid obligations without increasing taxes? By stealing from the state’s education budget, which already is 24 percent below its fiscal 2008 level.
The governor wants to pretend that his adherence to a no-more-taxes pledge he made while a candidate is unrelated to the human suffering that will result from Medicaid cuts. He’s fooling no one but himself.

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