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Cape Girardeau Use Tax

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In a recent essay in the Economists’ Voice Edward Lazear and James Poterba of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform wrote the following:

“Given the political process that determines the tax code, special provisions are likely to depend more on an interest group’s lobbying efforts than on careful estimates of social externalities or other considerations.”

What does that mean?

On a local level it means that county and city elected officials have bowed to the demands of a rent-seeking interest group, The Chamber of Commerce. These participants are fabricating a financial crisis to pressure the middleclass into passing a “leveling the playing field” new regressive Use Tax. The Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner said on August 20, 2013, “But we shouldn’t support rules that incentivize you to go spend your money in other states.” He is absolutely correct. Using a tax to dictate individual behavior is always a horrific choice. The Use Tax will take away the rights of the middleclass to dispose of their property as they see fit without intrusion from government.

One can always support local businesses by disregarding the tax consequences and buy local. And that is the way a free market system should work. Local governments must seek ways to raise revenue for necessary programs without interfering with the free market.

On April 8th, the citizens of Jackson, Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County will have the opportunity to delay this “Washingtonian mentality” of social engineering by voting AGAINST the Use Tax.

Written by Leatherneck Blogger

April 12, 2014 at 10:54

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