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State Income Tax: penicillin or placebo?

17 January 2009 at 9:31:25 PM

In response to all those Texans who believe that it is "time for a state income tax."  Unfortunately, many Texans have been deceived by the propaganda pushed upon them by various legislators and special interests.

Contrary to popular belief, a state income tax is NOT the "penicillin" many people believe it is.  For example, most states already have had a state income tax in place for many years; however, those states share similar economic problems that Texas has --- including, inadequate school financing and the sky-high property taxes that most of us keep complaining about.

Furthermore, one look at how our legislators use the tax dollars currently mandated, e.g., those tax dollars slated via lottery for public education, the gas tax to build and maintain roadways, and money supposed to go to various social services, one observes how our legislators and various special interests divert those mandated dollars to other venue. An example is that a large percentage of collected gas taxes goes to higher education, even after legislation permitted the deregulation of tuition costs. Why?  It's time to stop diverting our tax dollars to other interests.

Consequently, instead of resolving urgent issues and problems a state income tax merely increases the total tax dollars that would be available for the further diversions of legislators and their special interests. Forget about a state income tax.   It is a placebo dream.

It's like every other idea on paper: it looks good, but the reality is that it would NOT cure our ills --- in fact, it may add to them considerably. 



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