I will not defend the formula used, and agree that if I was elected official I would have advocated for applying the sales tax to a different mix of services and a whole host of “greener” taxes. But at the end of the day, it was a question of new revenues or slashing state government spending by another $1.7 billion dollars. And for standing up and saying no to further huge cuts, I applaud their courage.
Your wrath I think should be focused mainly on those who did not support this compromise – they had another plan that looks nothing like the one you suggested. It would have started with massive cuts to schools, health care and social services. It would have included at least another 25% cut in general fund to the department of Environmental Quality and the layoff of 143 MDEQ employees that work very hard in protecting our natural resources (on top of the 67 million dollar reduction they have experiences over that last seven years – from $100 million to $33 million).
Do I hope the sales tax on services is
made more equitable in the years to come? Yes. But today I am
thanking those who decided to invest in
In a message dated 10/1/2007 2:23:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Are you kidding me? I have to take it up the yazoo because these fat lazy idiots laid on their dupas for ten months, then sat like junior high kids cramming to turn in the 72 page report due tomorrow that they didnt start on time or even think about because they were partying all night, and because of that laziness ,came up with some hair brained tax on small business people, and I am supposed to write a thank you note? If I were their teacher I am pretty sure this "report" would be getting big fat F! Some even had the Ba**s to complain about the "lengthy hours". Give me a break, they need to go work a shift as a nurse if they want to feel what "lengthy hours" are.
Calls will be made, thank you's wont be given.
A small (struggling) business owner
who now has the additional job of being a Free Revenue Collector for
the State Of