I was amazed to read the article on the front page of the Goshen News (Dec. 6) regarding the Republicans in Indianapolis proposing the elimination of personal property tax on business in Indiana. The article states that this would eliminate over $1 billion in school revenue for the schools in Indiana.
The Republicans claim that this will make Indiana more competitive in attracting new businesses to Indiana. They don’t have any idea how many companies might be enticed to locate in Indiana and neither do I. There are already thousands of businesses in Indiana and they mostly seem to be doing OK with our present tax structure.
Why would the Republicans give a $1 billion tax cut to the potential possibility of attracting new companies at the expense of our school systems? The politicians always give lip service to the school system and how important it is to the future on Indiana and yet they propose to cut $1 billion from their budgets. The Republicans have already cut the school tax revenue through the property tax caps and don’t propose any new source of revenue for our schools.
If I were thinking of relocating my company I would think hard and long about a state that is willing to severely damage a school system in the hopes of attracting a few new jobs.
The choice is, do we bet on attracting additional companies in the short term or do we bet on the quality of education for all of our children over the long term?
If you agree, please write to our governor, your state senator and state representative to tell them that they have their priorities wrong and that the education of our children is the most important item on the political agenda.
— Gary Van Buren
Talking won’t help, Mr. President