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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Want a billion dollars?

Let's say I offered you a proposal: give me a dollar, and I will give you five to seven dollars in return. Would you take me up on it? Unless you are Montgomery Brewster, probably. That's what the state is missing out on by not going after tax cheats. There's a billion dollars not being collected from people who are breaking the law and ignoring their responsibilities, and it's time that we put more effort into collecting it.

Of course, at some point you reach the law of diminishing returns, and nobody wants a bunch of tax thugs shaking people down for their quarters. But we are far from that, and the state can do better.

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