GOP Governors propose real tax reform and new ideas

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    GOP Governors propose real tax reform and new ideas

    Imagine, governments that live within their means, encourage business and the private sector, and don't head off the cliff to bankruptcy.

    States like Virginia and Louisiana show how it is done.

    Leaders actually propose real tax reform. Not just larding up the tax code with complexities, and loopholes.

    Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to eliminate Louisiana income and corporate taxes and pay for those cuts with increased sales taxes, the governors office confirmed Thursday. The governors office has not yet provided the details of the plan.

    "The bottom line is that for too long, Louisiana workers and small businesses have suffered from having a state tax structure that is too complex and that holds back economic prosperity, Jindal said in a statement released by his office. Its time to change that so people can keep more of their own money and foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create good-paying jobs.€   Jindal said the plan would be revenue-neutral and that the goal would be to keep sales taxes as low and flat as possible.€

    An interesting development following Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's proposal to eliminate his state gasoline tax, in concert with increased sales taxes.  Proponents of the Fair Tax advocate replacing most federal taxes with a consumption-based national sales tax; these initiatives might be seen as testing the waters for such an idea, or at least providing some interesting data for future discussion.

    A sales tax is simple, and very obvious -taxpayers see it all the time, and become very sensitive to increases.  Everyone who buys anything pays it.  Those who buy more, pay more.  And unless the sales tax is packed with a lot of special exemptions which sounds like the opposite of the plan Jindal has in mind is not as manipulative.  The government has a harder time using the tax code as an instrument for managing the populace, which really shouldnt be its purpose.

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/01/10/gov-jindal-proposes-eliminating-louisiana-income-and-corporate-taxes/

    Going on its second term, the Obama Administration's tax reform proposals are non-existent. Obama just wants tax increases, and lards up with special breaks for its corporate cronies. The impossibly-complicated IRS Code is amazingly even worse.

     
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    Sales taxes and VATs are on the way and likely to be the most effective ways to finance the government most people want (and say they need).  Good for the govs.

    Also commendably, Gov. McConnell has recommended restoring voting rights for convicted felons who have served their time.  This is a reform that's long overdue and another example that the gov knows Virginia is deep purple state.  Voter disenfranchisement has gotten way out of hand; it's high time every person had a voice that can be heard through the ballot box.

    It's a win-win for both sides.  The more people who are committed, registered voters, then the more people the GOP can win over to their side.

     However, I dare say many business owners are going to fight those new taxes pretty hard.

     

     
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    dupe

     
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    Sales taxes and VATs are on the way and likely to be the most effective ways to finance the government most people want (and say they need).  Good for the govs.

    Also commendably, Gov. McConnell has recommended restoring voting rights for convicted felons who have served their time.  This is a reform that's long overdue and another example that the gov knows Virginia is deep purple state.  Voter disenfranchisement has gotten way out of hand; it's high time every person had a voice that can be heard through the ballot box.

    It's a win-win for both sides.  The more people who are committed, registered voters, then the more people the GOP can win over to their side.

     However, I dare say many business owners are going to fight those new taxes pretty hard.

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    Kudos for the bipartisanship. Tax reform that is revenue neutral and simplifies the horrid tax system....

    If certain businesses lobby and try to get exemptions, it destroys the benefit of a simple fair sales tax in the first place. 

    McDonnell, not (by a long shot) McConnell....

     
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    The states are often labratories for reforms that might otherwise die if introduced on a national scale.  If enough states can prove that certain tax reform models work the federal government will follow. 

     
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    Texas’ low taxes (no income tax) and light regulation have been followed by some of the most robust job creation in the nation. Texas’ population grew so rapidly in the last decade that it gained 4 U.S. House seats from the 2010 Census.

    No-income-tax Florida gained two seats, and no other state gained more than one. California, for the first time in its history, gained none.

    States are laboratories of democracy, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote. Citizens of every state can monitor their experiments and judge which set of one-party states is getting better results.

    GOP governed Virginia, Texas, vs Dem economic basket cases  in Illinois,  California, New York... 

     
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    Part of McDonnell's plan is also to punish people with the nerve to buy an alternative fuel vehicle, with an additional $100 annual fee....new ideas!

     

     http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/08/16416719-virginia-gov-proposes-nixing-gas-tax-raising-sales-tax-hitting-hybrids-with-100-fee#comments

     

     
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    Sales taxes and VATs are on the way and likely to be the most effective ways to finance the government most people want (and say they need).  Good for the govs.

    Also commendably, Gov. McConnell has recommended restoring voting rights for convicted felons who have served their time.  This is a reform that's long overdue and another example that the gov knows Virginia is deep purple state.  Voter disenfranchisement has gotten way out of hand; it's high time every person had a voice that can be heard through the ballot box.

    It's a win-win for both sides.  The more people who are committed, registered voters, then the more people the GOP can win over to their side.

     However, I dare say many business owners are going to fight those new taxes pretty hard.

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    Kudos for the bipartisanship. Tax reform that is revenue neutral and simplifies the horrid tax system....

    If certain businesses lobby and try to get exemptions, it destroys the benefit of a simple fair sales tax in the first place. 

    McDonnell, not (by a long shot) McConnell....

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    McDonnell.  My bad.

    Of course, some will argue that sales taxes inevitably affect the poor and working classes worst, since they are more likely to spend all of their pay.  

    I'm not so sure about that, but exempting certain essentials like food, clothes and shoes seems like common sense.  In some places, food is not taxed, and yet some towns impose a meals tax on restaurants.  Fair enough, I suppose, but you can bet the servers and owners don't like it.

    I'm all for simplification of the tax system, but not brain-dead simple.

     

     

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