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March 16, 2013

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Nusenior

Mar-16-13 12:17 PM

LGA is major part of the states spend and tax policy. New idea to cut state spending and taxing by discontinuing LGA all together. Have all local budget subject to referendum. Ask the local voters what services they need and how much in taxes they want to pay. Just think asking the voters most effected with how to tax and spend. Based on the news article in today’s Journal. This would cut the current state budget by eighty millions, and would save the 110 Brown County taxpayers “single taxpayer with income of $428,000 a year or more , the little bit would be $5,556 a year. A married taxpayer making $1 million a year would pay an extra $15,000.” Is this a little tax increase. Maybe Rep. Paul Torkelson could state the ball rolling.

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Auntydem

Mar-16-13 4:02 PM

Considering the 2% of taxpayers in that 4th tier pay 20% less in state and local taxes per dollar of income than do middle-income households - and that after this proposed income tax increase they will still pay about 8% less, it looks a bit different, doesn't it?

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Avoice

Mar-17-13 2:28 PM

Auntydem, you are forgetting that most of the money collected in taxes come from 2% of taxpayers and are the majority of the contribution that goes into LGA. Percentages may give the perception of inequality used in most of the conversations but the real proof is the actual dollar amount of the tax.

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middleclassworker

Mar-17-13 3:30 PM

The richest 1percent has as much money as the poorest 40 or so percent. Tell me, where do you THINK the money will come from?

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Integrity

Mar-17-13 6:52 PM

ALL OF US WILL PAY. Top 1%, middle 40%, lowest 40%, when you are trying to provide the services that they are currently proposing to provide, no one group will be able to cover it all. No matter what they say, all tax brackets will get affected, just in differing degrees. Read the fine print of these bills and also please use the old saying: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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JReader

Mar-18-13 10:10 AM

In the end which is more important - the dollars a tax payer owes the state or the percentage they pay compared to the income the receive ?

If it is the latter please explain why.

Doesn't the state simply want large sums of money so they can spend it on all of their "worthwhile" programs ?

The left has shifted the discussion to one trying to redefine the word "fair". The rich should pay their "fair" share. "Fair" really has nothing to do with it. It has gone beyond any sense of being fair to being greed. The government believes they deserve money they are not entitled to without any justification for possessing it.

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middleclassworker

Mar-19-13 2:14 AM

So, are you proposing that everybody pays the same amount in taxes? Let's say that the cost of running this country averages $3,000 adult. (just a number) Are you proposing that someone who is going to college and working part-time and earning $10,000 a year should pay $3,000 in taxes while the Waltons who employ that student should also pay $3,000?

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middleclassworker

Mar-19-13 2:15 AM

Keep in mind that these "worthwhile" programs included two unfunded wars that have cost this nation billions of dollars, and continue to cost us money.

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JReader

Mar-19-13 9:40 AM

MCW,

The only one suggesting a flat tax is you. I do believe in making the tax structure in some ways user based. If you use government services you should pay. You know we need to get past the notion of "free lunch" when it comes to leaning on our government.

I realize this doesn't set well with the free loaders out there but people who pay their own way shouldn't have to pay for those who can but refuse to. Notice I didn't say those who "can't". Our government should be smart enough to distinguish between those who won't and those who can't.

I think the tax code is a poor place to distribute welfare benefits. I know of a person who is using their tax refund based on the head of household status to take a month long trip to Europe. I can't see how our government designed the tax code so people could take extended vacations that they couldn't otherwise afford.

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JReader

Mar-19-13 9:46 AM

MCW,

Why did the Democrats give the "crazy man" Bush the green light to go to war in Iraq ? It would have never happened if they would have had the courage to stand up to him and say "no". Apparently they too thought it was a good idea at the time.

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middleclassworker

Mar-19-13 7:58 PM

I have never advocated for a flat tax. I sort of like your idea of charging based on what services one uses from the government. If you pay your employees squat and they end up on public assistance, you should pay more in taxes. Not a bad idea there, JR.

How would you handle people like our homeless freeloading veterans?

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JReader

Mar-20-13 9:21 AM

I don't know about you MCW, but I'd put homeless veterans in the category of can't and not won't. You might feel otherwise but I certainly don't.

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Integrity

Mar-20-13 11:42 AM

It's interesting when talking about government programs, opposition opinions always bring up the "can't" pay people-the veterans, disabled, elderly, etc. No legislator-any party-is suggesting we pull benefits from these groups. No one in these discussions are suggesting that either. Please, quit trying to use these groups as propaganda to dodge the issue of hand-outs and taxes to support the able people in society.

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Integrity

Mar-20-13 11:47 AM

MCW: those employees that aren't happy with their job, wage, etc. have opportunities and programs available in this country to change that themselves. More schooling, different job, dedication to getting a promotion, etc. Schooling assistance is very accessible for ANYONE on assistance. There are many stories of single mothers, fathers with kids, gaining independence from assistance programs through hard work and dedication, as an example.

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