Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Taxes for the State

So, apparently the legislature did vote down the 1% sales tax the Governor asked for. I'm glad! But of course now there's a special election for the public to vote on it.

The sales tax would help K-12 schools and also health and human services. It would automatically repeal in 2013.

Okay, not to sound cold-hearted or anything, but really people. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY! Services are going to have to be cut. We need to wake up! Public services are all nice when we're in times of plenty. BUT WE'RE NOT! We're in a financial crisis. And these bozos at Prop 100 want us in the State of Arizona to fork over more money. This will harm even further businesses and individuals. Any time there is a tax implemented, less money ends up in the treasury. It's an economic fact. More taxes, less actual revenue to the government. This is how it works: Higher taxes, people won't buy as much. Which in turn means less taxes for the government. Higher taxes, less consumption. Less consumption, less revenue. Less revenue, less income from taxes for the government.

If I can learn this, why can't the government? I'm voting against Prop 100.

I know many teachers, and I really don't want to sound cold-hearted. I am sad that many people have gotten themselves to a place where they are totally dependent on government services to survive. And I'm not naive; I do understand that many times circumstances are not entirely brought on by behavior. But instead of looking to the government, those people should be looking to Christ and the Church. The Church needs to step in the gap and provide help and assistance for people.


chandy said...

Prop 100 is a tricky issue... I'm certainly not happy with a tax increase, but I hate the idea of massive cuts to education. Seems like we're damned if we do, damned if we don't. I fully support trimming (or cutting completely) most government services. But I do think public education is a benefitial investment. So instead of cutting education, I'd rather find the $ from somewhere else. What do you think we should do?

Jessie said...

While I do agree about public education being one of those necessities, I am appalled by how much money goes into education. For some reason the more money one spends doesn't really translate into actual better education. And then you add in a whole bunch of people who bring in their children to go to school (a.k.a. illegal immigrants) and of course our schools are suffering.

I would say that a bunch of cuts need to be made at the administration level of education. Not the teachers themselves, unless, of course they are bad teachers.

Anyways, I think, like most bureaucracies, the administration and lobbying arms of the Department of Ed is filled with a bunch of bureaucrats who push paper and make policy. Cut all of that out and let's see what kind of money is freed up for actual instruction.