Want to fix our roads? Raise the sales tax another half percent to 9 percent. We’ll still be under Tennessee (9.45 percent) and Arkansas (9.26 percent), a couple of other states that like to dump on the working poor and lower middle class.
But please keep the sales tax on my new $399,500 Lamborghini Aventador at $300, same as on your new $15,890 Honda Fit.
And certainly do not raise the tax on gasoline, which is the third lowest in the country, above only Alaska and New Jersey and nowhere near Pennsylvania, Connecticut, or California. And for gosh sakes, don’t even think about raising property taxes. At fifth lowest in the country, we have Hawaii, Alabama, Louisiana, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to thank for keeping us out of the bottom.
So, yes, let’s just hit the county with another increase in the already onerous burden on the workers at McDonalds, Waffle House and Walmart and those undocumented immigrants who fix our roofs and mow our lawns.
Heck, they can afford to pay 9 percent of their income on everything they buy. But the drivers of our gas-guzzling SUVs or those droves of tourists coming here from off sure can’t afford to pay more for their gasoline.
Gov. Nikki Haley and our state legislators definitely do not want to increase any other kind of taxes so they can continue to lure the BMWs, Boeings and Volvos to our haven of cheap labor, thus guaranteeing those election year donations to keep the right kind of government in Columbia.
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