La Fee Verte
Ragister's editorial board doesn't like the Governor Branstad's idea to use a portion of state sales tax revenue for road construction projects
And the scientific community is united in that fact.
The Register's Editorial: Using sales tax money for roads is a bad idea
Raising fuel tax after 24 years is most logical solution
In justifying their "logical"(?) solution, they state -- Fuel taxes are better seen as user fees, because the revenue for roads comes from those who use them, including drivers from out of state who stop in Iowa to fill up. The more you drive, the more you pay. It makes no sense to use sales tax revenue for roads because sales taxes are paid by people whether they drive a little, a lot or not at all.
That reads like an issue of fairness.
Yet, when this same editorial board justified Obamacare, they used this analogy -- Insurance is similar to our property tax system. The single person without children, or the elderly person whose kids are grown, still has to pay taxes for schools. The person who never goes to a library still has to pay taxes for those facilities.
Make up your mind, either everybody into the tax pool, or go all user fees.
Why is it that the Ragister loves higher taxes so much, yet they went from paying $308,200 in property taxes in 2004, for their printing plant at 4001 Gannet Avenue, to their current $175, 853?
They also pay less at 715 Locust Street, $108,252.00 in 2003 and now $84,317.00.
The "green fairy" doth protest too much, on too many levels.