The states are in trouble because no one is working and their revenue stream has dropped at a time the demand on their services has increased.
“In the scramble to find something, anything, to generate more revenue, states are considering new taxes on virtually everything: garbage pickup, dating services, bowling night, haircuts, even clowns.” DO NOT let these Jerks do this to you.
The Republicans say, “NO NEW TAXES.” What they really mean is, “No new taxes on me (THEM).” The fairest way to increase revenues of the government is to increase the income tax and to do it proportionally so that those who can better afford it pay a better share of it. To simply start taxing things is unfair. The burden falls only on those who spend money.
The poorer you are, the greater the proportion of your income you spend. If your income stream is small enough, you end up having to spend all of it to survive. If the government raises the sales tax or starts taxing services, you end up paying more taxes. What doesn’t get taxed is the amount you save.
Oh, that’s right, you are not saving anything. SO, every bit of money you get is then taxed. Only those making more than they need to survive get an income that is not taxed. That is why “Fair Tax” isn’t. That is why raising sales taxes or taxing services falls disproportionately on the poor. The government has to raise taxes and they have to raise them on those of us who can best afford it, if only for a little while. That is what government is SUPPOSED to do. The rich will say that is not fair, but they benefit more from government than they would like you to think. Who has bigger, heavier, and more cars to drive over our streets? Who has more wealth for the police to protect? Who has more property to protect from fire?
So call your congressional representation and tell them to raise taxes on those who can afford it and to stop raising yours. I would make one caveat here. Allow California to legalize and tax marijuana to the tune of $1.4 billion a year. If they do that then the price of marijuana will come down so that even with the tax, it will become cheaper than it is today. AND, that doesn’t even count the spin-offs, like increased munchie sales.