Just an hour into the public hearing on House File 807, Speaker of the House Pat Murphy ordered State Troopers to remove all citizens who were not scheduled to speak from the House chamber. Murphy’s decision came after Rep. Paul Shomshor warned the people who gathered that if they continued their outbursts, the galleries would be cleared.
Speaker Murphy’s decision to remove the people who had taken the time to speak out or listen to this debate was shocking and something never seen before.
While the crowd at times was rambunctious, it also quieted down quickly for the next speaker. Instead of evicting hundreds of concerned taxpayers from the State Capitol, Murphy and Shomshor should have simply kept warning the audience about their behavior and continued with the forum. Doing so would have taken more time off the clock preventing some of the scheduled speakers the opportunity to speak, but would have prevented what is now a huge news story.
This is the second time this session that Speaker Murphy has shown a lack of political acumen. Earlier this year, Murphy held the voting machine open over an entire weekend when the prevailing wage bill came up just one vote short. Now Murphy overreacts at public hearing and draws attention to the fact that hundreds of people flocked to the Capitol in opposition to the Democrats’ proposal.
Murphy’s actions have galvanized the opposition to House File 807, while at the same time drawing more attention to the issue. Republicans already had Democrats admitting that this bill is not revenue neutral as they originally said, and Republicans also were effective in pointing out that even a family that earns $40,000 will see their taxes increased by removing federal deductibility.
Check back for more coverage on federal deductibility tomorrow.
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