Make no mistake about it, House Republicans killed any chance of an income tax cut passing the Mississippi Legislature this session.
On Friday, House Republicans, who hold a majority, could have made a motion to send the tax cut legislation to conference by a simple majority vote.
In that conference committee, an agreement between House and Senate leaders to cut the income tax could have been reached and the legislation could have been sent to the floors of the two chambers for another vote.
Perhaps House Democrats would have blocked passage of that conference report cutting the income tax since it takes a three-fifths majority to send to the governor legislation raising or cutting taxes. But the truth of the matter is we will never know.