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Ronnie Musgrove on Tax Reform

2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor


Wicker is not fiscally conservative on taxes

On the campaign trail, Roger Wicker will try to convince you he's been true to conservative principles. But if you don't take my word for it, you can take the word of some of the toughest conservative watchdog groups in this country.

The National Taxpayers Union gave Roger Wicker a 56 percent rating for holding the line on taxes and spending. They tried to be nice and called it a C+, but 56 percent is an F in just about anyone else's grade book. And the Club for Growth gave him a 52 percent rating.

When you get failing grades from the National Taxpayers Union and the Club for Growth, you have no business calling yourself a fiscal conservative. And sending sugar plums to New York and California doesn't sound very Mississippi to me.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech Jan 7, 2008

As governor, balanced budget without raising taxes

I was proud to serve this state as Governor. Every year we balanced our budget. And we did it without compromising our values and without raising taxes a single time during my four years as your Governor.

Our spending was smart, our economy was growing we were investing in education and we were attracting jobs and investment. We did it by working across political lines and watching the bottom line.

That's the kind of federal government this country needs and this state deserves. And that leadership and example has to start in Washington.

I believe in rights of taxpayers, and my loyalties are to middle class families here at home in Mississippi. I'm not going to go to Washington to tell other states how to do their business. That's the benefit of having been a governor. I know what works in Mississippi and what doesn't. But what I am going to do is go to Washington and help change the priorities of this government and the direction of our country.

Source: Candidacy Announcement Speech Jan 7, 2008

Other candidates on Tax Reform: Ronnie Musgrove on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Haley Barbour
MS Senatorial:
Erik Fleming
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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