Republican legislative leaders are crafting a package of changes to North Carolina's tax code that they say will stimulate economic growth, including slapping a 6 percent sales tax on groceries. Food should be taxed, they say, because grocery spending is dependable.
The proper form of the word is "dependent". As in, we are dependent upon food for our very survival. Of all the consumption-based taxes, this one is (by far) the worst. Instituting a regressive tax in an area that is already past the crisis point is easily the most irresponsible move our government could make, aside from maybe running children down at crosswalks:
Submitted by scharrison on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 12:51pm
Just a few reasons why a consumption tax is a bad idea:
Berger said he’s looking to institute a consumption-based tax system that includes more services subject to sales tax. While he was not forthcoming with specifics, we could see prescription drugs and doctor’s visits, higher fees for court and government services, higher fees on driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, a hefty hike in sales tax and probably two dozen other new or higher fees we can’t even imagine.
He also intends to re-impose the full state sales tax on groceries.
Which is exactly the opposite direction we need to go to address NC's growing poverty problem. Elections do have consequences, and it appears the poor are going to suffer those consequences more than anyone else.
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