Around the South for Apr. 9: KY, TX & SC

Kentucky: Bevin ponders tax bill. To sign or veto? That is the question Gov. Matt Bevin (R) must answer by April 13. Last week, the legislature passed a tax bill that provides a flat tax of 5% on both corporations and individuals. Liberals say it helps the rich and hurts the poor. Conservatives say broadening the number of taxpayers and lowering rates is good policy that attracts job-producing businesses, reports the Washington Post ……. Texas: Farenthold resigns. In response to sexual harassment charges, including a congressional pay-out of $84,000 to a former staffer, US Rep. Blake Farenthold (R) had announced he would not seek reelection. On Friday, however, the conservative lawmaker resigned from Congress. Under “murky” Texas law, reports Roll Call, there will be a special election to fill the vacancy either May 5 or Nov. 6 ……. South Carolina: Legislator proposes secession discussion. Not again! Three state legislators (R) have introduced a bill allowing for a discussion of seceding from the Union, inspired by fears that the Second Amendment protecting gun rights might be repealed or gutted by judicial decisions. One of the lawmakers did say, reports the Washington Times, that the bill would not pass. Whew! ……