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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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From an editorial in Sunday’s Tribune:
… the sales tax on food should be evaluated within the larger context of state spending and tax reform.

The ideal solution might be to exempt only people in poverty from paying the food tax. Trouble is, that is difficult to administer. The most practical way may be to provide an annual rebate to low-income people that would offset what they pay in food tax.
Read the entire editorial here.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff Lewis said...

This article misses the point. I will agree that there are some services that only a government can render and therefore must be supported by tax dollars, but I think that you would find my list of essential services is much smaller than yours.

A particular tax must only be imposed if:
1. The money is cannot be gotten from other sources.
2. The particular tax is "fair"

I would argue that a sales tax on food is never fair. Neither for the poor nor the well-to-do.

It is interesting that in such a suppossedly conservative state, our elected representatives don't seem to understand the idea of financial conservatism.

1/25/2006 12:52 PM  
Anonymous ELAINE BALDWIN said...

I BELIEVE THAT NO TAX IS FAIR OR CAN BE. EXPLAIN HOW YOU COULD MAKE UP THE LOSS OF REVENUE TO SMALL CITIES AND COUNTIES THAT HAVE LESS THAN 3 PERCENT OF THEIR LAND THAT CAN BE TAXED AND NO INDUSTRY. SALES TAX REVENUE IS ALL WE HAVE.


ELAINE BALDWIN
PANGUITCH UT

1/29/2006 3:55 PM  

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