Citing federal interference, the legislature has exempted Texas from federal energy standards regarding light bulbs. Texas State Rep. George Lavender hopes incandescent light bulb manufacturers will move to Texas and create jobs and tax revenue.
In contrast, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says he will not give U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011” a hearing. This is a pure states’ rights bill. It makes no new law. According to Harvard economist Jeffery Miron, Texas spends $644,477,000 every year enforcing federal marijuana prohibition and loses potential tax revenue of $171,430,000.
Where are conservative principles when we need them?
Pubdate: Fri, 15 Jul 2011
Source: Kerrville Daily Times (TX)
Copyright: 2011 The Daily Times