A Perspective … Are you aware of what is not disclosed nor made transparent…?
These might be sources of revenue that Gov Brewer & her Republican legislative majority should consider for Arizona after all why leave anything untaxed…?
States Seeking Cash Hope to Expand Taxes to Services … By MONICA DAVEY … March 27, 2010 … EXCERPTED …
In the scramble to find something, anything, to generate more revenue, states are considering new taxes on virtually everything: garbage pickup, dating services, bowling night, haircuts, even clowns.
Opponents of imposing taxes on services like funerals, legal advice, helicopter rides and dry cleaning argue that this push comes as businesses are barely clinging to life and can ill afford to see customers further put off by new taxes.
This is especially true, they say, in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, where some of the most sweeping proposals are being considered this spring.
“This is born out of necessity would tax services including accounting, advertising and data processing. … A handful of states, including Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington, already tax all sorts of services. Most states tax at least some services, particularly items like utilities.
In Nebraska, a lawmaker has introduced a bill to tax armored car services, farm equipment repairs, shoe shines, taxidermy, reflexology and scooter repairs. In Kentucky, are proposing taxing high-end services: golf greens fees, limousine and hot-air-balloon rides, and private landscaping.
In June, voters in Maine will decide whether to accept a state overhaul of its tax system that would newly tax services like tailor alterations, blimp rides, and entertainment provided by clowns, comedians and jugglers.
“Yes, we need more money, but is this a step toward turning the economy around?” Mr. Fowler asked. “Taking more money out of peoples’ pockets? Putting more burdens on small business? It doesn’t seem like a recipe for a state turnaround.”
People like Pete Tomassoni, whose third-generation bowling alley in Iron Mountain, Mich., has 20 percent less business so far this year than early last year, deemed taxation of his $3 games “a terrible idea.”
Still, some believe the notion is certain to grow more palatable as states grasp the depths of their woes. State Senator Cap Dierks of Nebraska, who has pushed for a services tax in part because of his worries about the mounting burdens of property taxes on farmers and ranchers, said he thought such taxes were inevitable.
“I got a lot of negative vibes when I introduced it, but eventually, we’ll have to look at it,” he said. “What else are you going to do?”
Has Arizona ever honestly balanced its budget without gimmicks…?
People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people.
To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. … Lao-tzu
Everyone has the RIGHT to clean & accessible water, adequate for the health & well-being of the individual and family & NO one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances
And let me be a bit bolder … I am most willing to present and discuss any water or wastewater issue with an audience in Arizona where honest two way dialog is
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