Thursday, September 07, 2006

TINSTAAFL, anyone?

Gov. Bob Riley touts tax cuts for all Alabamians making under $100,000 a year, and both Riley and Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley also want the state to revert to quadrennial property reappraisals. In addition, both gubernatorial nominees vow to pour a lot more money into education. Riley's plan is to buy now and pay later with a $500 million bond issue. Baxley's plan is... well... um... mentioned in here somewhere, I'm sure.

Other than Baxley's suggestion to apply the state sales tax to Internet sales, neither candidate has dared to utter a favorable word about a tax increase, which would be liberal and therefore inherently bad. Fortunately, though, extra teachers and school construction tend to be free, and if they ever prove not to be, it's best to make future people pay for the services you consume now.


Anonymous Dan said...

Would it even be possible to tax internet sales?

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Jason Coleman said...

Of course the only way to tax internet sales would be to levy the tax on merchants in Alabama who sell via the internet.

What a great way to ensure that the fastest growing economic medium ever created gets completely shut down for Alabamians.

If you wanted to create less economic activity in the state, this would be a sure fire way to accomplish it.


4:03 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Unless Congress establishes a national Internet taxation system, what revenue the state could garner probably wouldn't justify the added cost to collect it.

10:10 AM  

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