You may have heard about a recent proposal by Senator John Valentine to raise the sales tax on food from 1.75% to 4.75%. His proposal is revenue neutral so that no additional taxes are raised. Low income families, including many in our area will then get tax refunds at the end of the year when they do their taxes.
Nobody loves taxes (except apparently those that don’t have to pay it), but I do believe that we must have a “pay as you go” attitude and not leave debt for our children. I am angry about the generational theft that is occurring in Congress where massive debt is being incurred and our children and grandchildren are being left to pay the bill. This is the clearest form of “taxation without representation” that I have ever witnessed.
This is part of a general conservative strategy of “broadening the base” and “reducing loopholes”. In other words “we don’t need more taxes, we need more tax payers.”
Here are some links to read more about the proposal. I don’t know all of the final details, and some of the details have probably not been hammered out yet.
As is always the case, be aware of the agenda of the reporting and it is clear that none of these reports are neutral on the subject.
However, as part of my decision making process, I would like to get feedback from you and my other constituents. I will open a discussion thread on this subject and I would love to hear your thoughts
Please take the survey on my web site DavidLifferth.com so I can gauge the sentiment for this proposal.
Also the result of the last survey, “What method did voters in our area choose to cast their vote?” presented below. It does appear that the new “Vote by mail” option is becoming more popular with fully one-third of survey participants choosing that option.
Here is a link to my blog on this subject: http://davidlifferth.ning.com/profiles/blogs/what-method-did-voters...