Smokers and hard liquor drinkers must have been buoyed by reports the other day, that lawmakers were thinking about cutting the taxes on tobacco and booze. Talk about your Christmas in July.
It made sense in that Republicans always believe that cutting any taxes is a sure fire way to kick start the economy. Never mind that the evidence suggests it doesn't always work, but that was not the point.
It was a great political move in that many Republicans voted earlier this year to tax unsuspecting seniors, and this was a good opportunity to score some points with folks back home who might be hacked over that.
After all some do still smoke and last time we checked, liquor sales have not dropped off the map.
But turns out there is one Republican in this town who does not buy the GOP tax cut mantra, at least in this case.
Asked for his thoughts on his level of support for these two tax cuts and the governor shot back, "The level of support here would be NONE."
So much for that.
Turns out Gov. Rick Snyder is on his way to balancing the state budget and plans to slice those two sin taxes might jeopardize those efforts.
Now he was very careful to soften the blow of his lack of support by suggesting that lawmakers can debate anything they like and he respects that.
But if they send this stuff to his desk, he owns a red veto pen ready for action. Sorry smokers and drinkers..maybe next governor.