June 13, 2007
I Just Wanna Say
By Jim Anderson Stivers
Here in Kentucky the state is loaded with debt created by an inept Governor that knows little about business or politics, and there are loads of media stories to explain how inept this Republican Governor.
From the beginning I have claimed that CASINO GAMBLING is not a sure thing. While the Democrats offer this as the MIRACLE IN KENTUCKY, produced and directed by former Governor Brer Jones, there is no certainty this resolution will even reach the ballot.
Why is it we are not seeing any new proposals for reducing the debt and increasing income that are realistic?
Could it be the politicians do as the Herald Leader story has said: Stay away from the word TAX? It won’t win you re-election.
It would seem the best tax, is the tax on those that spend money every day. Raising the tax on cigarettes is only a band aid. If the decline in active smokers continues, so will the income from the cigarette tax.
Raising the gasoline tax heavily impacts day workers and small business.
If the nominees want to find a revenue generating source then raise the sales tax. It would bring more money to the state and the structure for collecting a sales tax is already in place.
Normally, if the working structure is in place then the cost of managing does not go up.
Yes, I said it: RAISE THE SALES TAX.
Now that way, the people that received that big tax refund from George Bush, the affluent rich, will have to pay just like the guy that goes to the store to buy a gallon of milk.
The alternative tax passed in the last session is laden with mistakes and punishes the small business operator. It was a dumb move to begin with, but what can you expect from a Governor who has never had to hand out payroll checks other than the checks that come from the government.
How can Kentucky justify giving away millions/billions in tax incentives to industry and burden the small business owner with a new tax that had to be amended.
If Kentucky has to have more income then the tax that touches all Kentuckians is THE SALES TAX.