Posts Tagged ‘Taxes’

Sin taxes could save budgets

March 16, 2010 Comments off

DeKalb County School Watch: Refreshing Idea from Kathy Cox.

I think this is a wonderful Idea. they should raise alcohol taxes too. and make a law that says a certain portion of the tax increase goes to education, and maybe another portion to public safety. I also would look at gambling (Oh No! the dreaded G-word) and tax it hard and put the money towards education at all levels including college. Raising lottery ticket prices and upping the amount on so-called sin taxes would be an instant source of revenue and would be a rather stable one. Plus you would not have to worry about a revolt among the people who are affected. Since it is in effect a volunteer tax, only the drunkards and the addicts would complain.

Cigarette tax: could be boon for criminal element

March 8, 2010 Comments off

Another reason to fight cigarette tax hike: It might lead your kid to switch to pot | Political Insider.

If your kid is smoking these death rolls, there’s a better than even chance he or she is already smoking weed and drinking too. With that said, what concerns me about this proposed tax on cigarettes is that the more you tax an item, the more you place it out of reach for the addicted. When something like cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs are banned or taxed to darn near being banned, you open up the possibility of the black market taking over. The streets are a cruel irony to our capitalist system. Our system has the rule of law at play, so it helps regulate commerce and keep a sense of civility to transactions. On the street, supply and demand rules, without any regulation or rule of law. Unless you count murdering or intimidation of competition regulation. If a product that is addictive becomes too expensive for the user, he or she will turn to other means of getting that fix. A quick google search of nicotine addiction, and you will get a wealth of info comparing nicotine addiction to alcohol, and other drugs like cocaine. This is what the American Heart Association had to say about nicotine addiction:

Nicotine is an addictive drug. It causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more. In addition, addictive drugs cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The good feelings that result when an addictive drug is present — and the bad feelings when it’s absent — make breaking any addiction very difficult. Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break.

Imagine cigarettes becoming so expensive because of taxation that smokers started knocking off convenience stores to get their fix. Imagine someone robbing you at gun point because they saw you with a smoke, and they could not afford one. Think this sound alarmist or extreme, then check out this study from the Mackinac Center. Incidents involving large thefts of cigarettes is not uncommon. Taxing a product to the point that is is essentially unattainable makes it easier for the underground economy to help supply the demand. And once the underground gets a hold of it, then there’s no way to control it. The control is handed over to whoever is the strongest, or most willing to do anything to make a buck. I am not a smoker, and can’t stand being around cigarette smoke. Thinking you can tax addictive substances into oblivion is a short-sighted way to deal with irresponsible budget planners, and does little to help those suffering from the addiction.

DeKalb approves budget with no tax increase |

February 23, 2010 Comments off

DeKalb approves budget with no tax increase  |

While DeKalb residents won’t have to pay more in property taxes this year, they will see a loss in services, including the board of health, senior services and libraries. That loss could get worse.

At this point, can things get much worse. I do not know how long the commission can go with out raising taxes. If they continue cutting in order not to raise taxes, they risk killing what little quality of life amenities that remain. When the new numbers for property taxes comes in, I think most commissioners will use that as cover to go ahead and raise taxes. They have fought the good fight, and have proven that they will not raise taxes. Now they should consider a small increase if only to balance the budget, without making further cuts in service. If they continue making cuts, the sacred cow of public safety could be headed to the slaughter.

DeKalb school board member talks tax increase

February 10, 2010 Comments off

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce: Message from DeKalb Co School Board Member Dr. Eugene Walker.

I think Dr. Walker summed up his feelings rather well. We are short of cash, and we need to raise taxes. I liked his first sentence.

There are only three ways to balance a budget. 1) Cut overhead i.e. services and personnel, 2) raise revenue i.e. taxes, and 3) a combination of 1 and 2.

Dr. Walker stated what no one wants to hear, the truth. We are going to have to raise taxes to get this budget under control. This isn’t just about the DCSS, it is about governments across the board. Cities, Counties, Boards of Education, it does not matter. As a side note, I must say that I think Dr. Walker not wanting to cut personnel is wrong. His plan D protects jobs that might be redundant, or just not needed. I bet there are some made up positions that someone filled with their college buddy or their neighbors child. that is what happens when the coffers are overflowing. During good times, no one wants to think that bad times are coming. Every body wants to spend, hire more folks, and use as much of their budgeted funds as possible. Hell they do it in the business world. Then when the good times stop rolling, no one wants to sacrifice. if you prosper during the good times, you must expect to suffer a bit in bad times. This should be a lesson to the DCSS and DeKalb government as well, learn to do more with less. Take that saying and run with it even when times are good, and when times are bad.