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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tis' the season to tax, tax, tax, tax

A glimpse into Christmas future as we begin the "tax everything we can think of to raise funds" portion of American history....Lord knows, we've spent every dime we have in the coffers (and more) already. Just like the cousin you loan "rent" money too and then see her with a bottle of Budweiser,Big Mac, new purse and matching shoes, we tax payers need to demand that the government stop spending our money like we are an endless piggy bank and balance the budget in a real way(our hard earned money is not "funny money" for politicians.) The government, at all levels, needs to stop charging US more money then we already pay them, through all these insane taxes and begin to actually make some hard decisions about cutting spending and pet programs, consolidate program and agencies doing duplicate efforts, and tighten their belts overall as we citizens have had to do over the last several months. We need to start holding our representatives responsible for common sense spending and curb the tide that we pay for irresponsible government. From the NY Daily News:

Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too....Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services." ..."We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget....The proposal, which needs legislative approval, did not include broad-based income tax increases, but relied on smaller ones to raise $4.1 billion from cash-strapped New Yorkers. ...Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson's proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110.
"The governor is nickel-and-diming working class families," said Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, an advocacy group. ...State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long warned that reinstating the sales tax on clothing and shoes will drive people to New Jersey, where they will also gas up their cars and pick up their wine, spirits and soda because the prices are less due to lower taxes. "You're sending notice to the people of New York that we really don't want you here," Long said. "The governor proposed flat spending, but why not actually cut the budget before raising taxes and fees?" ...Paterson's 2009-10 budget proposal represents only a 1% increase in total spending from this year's budget - the smallest increase in a dozen years. It also calls for:

A 3.3%, or $698 million, reduction in school aid.
$3.5 billion in health care savings, including reductions in payments to hospitals and nursing homes. ..Video slot machines at Belmont Park, more multistate lottery games and expanded hours for the state's Quick Draw lottery game. ...Layoffs for 521 state workers and the elimination of seven state agencies. ..."This is where we are," Paterson told reporters. "Maybe we should have thought about this when we were depending on what we thought was inexhaustive collections of taxes from Wall Street - and now those taxes have fallen off a cliff." ...Paterson aides say the budget represents a net gain for New York City, but Mayor Bloomberg wasn't buying it. He said it could cost the city more than $1 billion, including a $600 million reduction in school aid. ..."I don't know that 100% of it is going to go the classroom, but a large percentage of any reduction we get from the state will go to the classroom," Bloomberg said. "That will mean larger class sizes and fewer services."

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