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Iowans will pay in other ways if taxes reduced or eliminated
Mar. 22, 2023 6:00 am
Be careful what you wish for. A Des Moines Register poll found that a majority of Iowans would like a reduction in property tax and reduce our income tax to zero. There is no such thing as a "free lunch." The state will get their pound of flesh in other ways.
My son lived in Arkansas and paid $27.50 annually to license his car, he moved to Tennessee where there is no income tax and his registration increased by $125.00. My other son lives in Washington State, they also have no income tax, he pays a 10% sales tax on everything including food and drugs. Hotels soak their guests a bundle in extra fees.
I look for the GOP to start privatizing the services they are cutting. That didn't turn out so well for Medicaid recipients. I would not want our prisons systems or other social services to be privatized. The GOP has always had a disdain for traffic cameras, but now they will reallocate those revenues to the state coffers. Next will we see an increase in sales tax and higher fees for everything from permits to fines to cover the shortfall in revenues? How much more will Iowans tolerate before it's too late to recover from this GOP overreach?
Most Iowans should know bull when they see it.
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