The Mindboggling Contortions of Nanny Staters
Beyond her many ways of saying “raising taxes” without saying “raising taxes,” note the convoluted language that this advocate of poverty uses to confuse voters (emphasis added):
Kate Brewster, executive director of the Poverty Institute in Providence, which analyzes tax and budget policies on behalf of low-income people, said, “State leaders need to take a balanced approach to solving our financial problems, which includes carefully reviewing our tax policies. We agree with RIPEC that the state should avoid a piecemeal approach to tax policy. However, there are several reasonable policies that could be enacted that would generate much-needed revenue in a fair and responsible manner, such as ending corporate giveaways, modernizing our sales tax and considering the hundreds of millions of dollars we forgo each year through tax expenditures.”
Would any casual reader understand that not forgoing expenditures means raising taxes? Hopefully a reader who does will understand that, by Brewster’s reasoning — which, to be fair, appears to have been the dominant perspective of those who determine Rhode Island’s budgetary and spending policies — every dollar in the private economy is ultimately just tax revenue that the state chose not to collect and every decision not to collect it is an “expenditure.”
Here’s another interesting tidbit from the same article, by the way:
Taxes paid by businesses in tax year 2008 amounted to 5.7 percent of the state’s gross state product for that year, compared with 4.2 percent for Massachusetts, 3.7 percent for Connecticut, and a national average of 4.9 percent. “We have a very heavy business-tax burden,” Simmons said.
We must stop this now, or everybody who remains in the state of Rhode Island is going to suffer, the poor and working class most of all.