Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 26, 2014

LETTERS FOR FEB. 26, 2014: Regressive vs. Progressive taxes

Goshen News

---- — In 2008 Gov. Mitch Daniel increased Indiana’s sales tax rate to 7 percent to help offset reductions from new limits on property and inheritance taxes. Our legislators approved this law, which benefits prosperous propertied individuals such as they, while increasing the sales tax rate affecting those least able to pay.

Sales taxes are regressive. Expenses for food, clothing and shelter make up a higher percentage of a lower income consumer’s overall budget. For example, if a person has $10 of income and pays $1 of tax on clothes, this represents 10 percent of the person’s income. For a person having $100 of income, a $1 tax represents only 1 percent of that person’s income. Lower income consumers are more affected, less able to afford it and experience a larger burden than high-income persons.

Property tax is a progressive tax. It takes a larger percentage from the incomes of high-income earners than it does from low-income individuals. Poor people generally do not own property or luxurious estates. Property tax revenue increases, used for our community and schools, do not affect the tax burden of lower income persons. Contrarily, property tax abatements granted to prospering businesses, transfer tax burdens to sales tax payers.

I hope people will speak out against additional funding sources that add to the burden of those least able to pay. We must caution our leaders to avoid political influences that make these simple truths appear unclear. Moral, ethical and religious values can provide decisions which allow for everyone’s well being.

— Lynn Slagel


Kubacki isn’t true to her word

State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki is up for re-election. In 2010, then-candidate Kubacki told a crowd of potential voters that marriage is between one man and one woman. The issue was not complicated, she said, calling it “black and white” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFQ3qAMT2ZY).

In 2014 she changed her mind, voting to kill House Joint Resolution 3, a bill that would have allowed Hoosiers to vote to protect traditional marriage.

In 2011 Rep. Kubacki voted to bar illegal aliens from receiving in-state tuition, something the majority of Hoosiers agree with. The bill became law in Indiana.

In 2013, she sponsored bill Senate Bill 207, which gives in-state tuition to illegal aliens. The bill passed and is now costing Hoosiers millions of dollars each year.

Rep Kubacki recently said that she believes in small government. Considering her apparent inability to stick to her convictions, one wonders how that will turn out.

— Tressa Nichols