I'm starting to go over to the dark side on taxes. Yes, I think taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. Yes, I think a progressive tax structure is appropriate and the very wealthy should pay a bit more... But, I'm finally getting fed up. First, I'm fed up because our tax code is not equitable...and generally speaking it favors the wealthy with many loopholes and the lower rate on capital gains than the rates on sweat-earned wages. And, most of the many OTHER taxes also impact the poor and middle class more than the rich.
Charlie Reese was an Orlando Sentinel writer for years. I suggest you read his final column HERE He hit the nail on the head.
Anyway...an additional 1% sales tax is just another camel's nose under the tent and a minimum 6% state income tax ...escalating to 7.75% on anything over $50K-$80K (depending on filing status) is a damned big bite. We already have one of the highest state income taxes in the US. See HERE for easy to read details.
Really...read the Reese column linked above...and think about all the bills you get that have even more taxes added. And just why is it I saw a Mercedes SUV with a DOT license plate...and how come some legislative assistants get raises almost as large as the average yearly income for a NC family? Why should I pay more in property tax so the church down the street can get by for free (as well as the other properties they own) and at the same time denigrate some of the same people who are paying their freight?
Why is the state in the liquor business...and we the people are paying for employee's retirement and health care...when it should be in the hands of private business? (No property taxes paid, either!)
So...I'm tired of it.