The Frankfort State-Journal is like a box of chocolates, especially when they start talking about tax increases.
The headline of a Friday news story reads "Schools pleased cuts don't touch their $3 billion fund." The story doesn't mention until the 8th paragraph that Gov. Steve Beshear's "spending cut" proposal depends very heavily on General Assembly passage of his tax increases.
And the discussion of the tax increases remains a mixed bagged for several paragraphs as the effort to sell the Beshear cigarette tax increases fails to get any more rational than it has been:
"Rich Crowe, superintendent of Frankfort Independent Schools said he supports Beshear's proposed tax increases on all forms of tobacco "to help save education funding and to bring the deficit under control.""
"Franklin County Judge-Executive Ted Collins said Thursday he supports Beshear's tax increases on tobacco."
""I know cigarettes are high for people who smoke," Collins said. "But I think that's an area we can increase the tax on. It will help the state budget and will help the health of the commonwealth as well.""
The State Journal then managed to hit the bulls-eye with a quote that nailed the cigarette tax increase as a gateway drug for big spenders:
"Magistrate Lambert Moore said with the proposed tobacco tax increase, "you're balancing the budget on the poorest people in the state, the smoking public."
""Then you are relying on that money and the money is going down because people will quit smoking. So you're going to have to raise taxes somewhere else to get that money.""