Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

January 11, 2014

LETTERS FOR JAN. 11, 2014: What are our laws coming to?

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— James Kuhlenschmidt

Goshen

Cutting personal property tax will sink middle class

You don’t save a sinking ship by cutting another hole in the hull. And yet that’s just what supporters of eliminating Indiana’s business personal property tax are proposing. Even as local governments are struggling with restricted property taxes and reduced federal aid, proponents of ending the business tax would slash another $1 billion from county and town budgets. Roads, schools, emergency response and other important services would all suffer as a result.

Working families have sacrificed enough to austerity policies at the state and federal level. Kids kicked out of preschool, seniors losing hot meals, medical research cancelled — these are the human costs of budget cuts. Instead of fruitlessly trying to cut our way to prosperity, we should be asking big corporations and wealthy households to pay their fair share of taxes. Even with the newest federal budget deal there was no closing of corporate tax loopholes. Instead, a billion-dollar business tax cut on the Indiana state level punches another hole in the boat, further sinking the struggling middle class.

— Jeremy Bernstein

Goshen

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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