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February 01, 2009

Missouri must consider tax hikes

I was pleased to see a spirit of bipartisanship in response to Gov. Nixon’s State of the State message (1/28, A-1, “Cuts and bailout help to balance Nixon’s budget”). Unfortunately, Republicans and Democrats in the legislature could agree only on a promise of no new taxes.

If, in fact, Missouri is facing a fiscal crisis, which all appear to acknowledge, everything needs to be on the table. Tax increases in tight times may be ill-advised, but carefully constructed fee increases or eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for individuals and companies that cut jobs or send them out of state may be worth considering.

Sadly, Democrats have adopted the Republican mantra that all taxes are evil, when, in reality, promises of no new taxes merely pander to an ill-informed electorate that believes that it can enjoy state services without paying for them.

“Something for nothing” doesn’t work in real life and shouldn’t be government policy.

Robert Powell
Independence

Comments

Pub 17

OR...
Let's abolish all taxes, since lower taxes mean prosperity.
Yeah, that's the ticket.

Missouri and Missourians somehow never put the Taxes Are Evil mantra together with crappy roads, crappy bridges, crappy schools, crappy law enforcement, and a stagnant economy.

Whatever. I've got no problem with that at all unless the U.N. decides to resettle the Kansans displaced in Missouri, when they give the Land of Quivira back to Mexico.

Marctnts

"...but carefully constructed fee increases or eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for individuals and companies that cut jobs or send them out of state may be worth considering."

Or, perhaps, a decrease in government expenditures. I know that doesn't sound popular in this age of "government spending to save the economy", but sometimes when you can't afford your bills, spending less makes more sense than "hoping for more".

Gary

Or, Missouri can get rid of


Mr. Powell, kindly specify the state tax breaks and loopholes to which you refer.


BudRog

Right on Mr. Powell lets just tax our way to prosperity.

 
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