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Proviso Probe

Thursday, March 30, 2006

GOV, tax referenda [D208]

Darcy Lewis (Riverside/Brookfield Landmark) has a column about three tax referenda that passed.

Renovating Riverside-Brookfield High School is a legit bond for the local property owners to pay for.

But why don't more people ask, why do we need to raise taxes so often at the local level?

It seems like an obvious question.

Here's the answer:

1. The federal government has failed to control health care costs.
2. The Republican Party is pushing for taxes to be shifted from the federal income tax (hits high earners) to other taxes which fall disproportionately on the poor and middle class.

Why don't the Democrats make the case that this is unfair and lousy public policy?

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