Hand, meet glove (part 3)

Although neither news story is new, I was just thinking today, that both were made for each other.

In April, Ron Sims, the guy who made us all want to trade in our husbands, proposed a sales tax increase for November’s ballot to buy more busses with. He’s calling it TransitNow, because no one these days has any patience anymore. And of course, like everything else, nothing gets done without an offer to let you comment.

And then of course, last week, the completely depressing news that a sales tax deduction on next year’s income tax form may be a thing of the past.

So I’m thinking. Hey, I catch the bus (no, NOT the short bus), and I ALSO drive, and what I’ve noticed is that when we wanted to build more roads, we made sure only the drivers got hit with the nickel tax (I bet you’re all sorry you voted for that now, aren’t you, what with the rising gas prices). But now that we want more busses, we’re going to hit everyone with a sales tax increase? That hardly seems fair. Is that fair? I really want to know. Cus that doesn’t seem fair.

At first I wanted to comment that, because Ron Sims thought it would cost us all about $20 in sales taxes, each of us, every year, maybe he should give us all a free $20 buspass every year. But I actually have a better idea now.

Ron, I am willing to make you a trade. For every upcoming year that you give me that sales tax deduction, I will be glad to give you $20. And I may even tip you. But don’t tell everyone or they’ll be wanting me to tip them too.

3 Comments so far

  1. Zee (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

    Actually, yes, I do think it’s fair. We all benefit from an improved transit system.

    I’ve never actually deducted used the sales tax deduction so I won’t miss it but that does seem a little unfair to me.

  2. Zee (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    Uh, neurosis compels me to amend my previous comment due to, um…stupidity on my part.

    The second sentence should read: “I’ve never actually used the sales tas deductions so I won’t miss it, but THAT does seem a little unfair to me.”

  3. Jumpsuit (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    I think the demise of the sales tax deduction sucks. However, spreading out mass transit costs doesn’t bother me, since increased use of buses, trains, and the like benefits everyone by decreasing use of roads and improving our air quality. The nickel for more roads benefits drivers and taxes drivers. I’ll admit that better roads can help our overall economy by making it easier for truckers to get to ports and whatnot, but I guess that just isn’t as important to me. As for regretting the nickel tax due to increased gas prices, I feel quite the opposite – I’d rather we tax the crap out of gas until we reach the point where prices actually impact demand. Further, our gas taxes are static amounts, not percentages, even though percentages would actually make sense and help to eliminate the need to constantly wonder how to pay for roads and transit.
    Finally, and most importantly, I am in complete opposition to adding an extra “s” to make the word “bus” plural.

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