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Monday, April 03, 2006

Dedicated sales tax passes in Senate

A plan for a constitutional amendment to increase the sales tax and dedicate it to the environment, conservation, parks, trails and the arts, passed in the Senate. It would raise the sales tax by 3/8 of a percentage point and dedicate the revenue for 25 years. The House version is currently a catch-all for all kinds of goofy constitutional amendments; its future is unknown.

I don't know what I feel about this. Funding for the environment and conservation is good, but I don't like dedicated accounts. We shall see.

2 Comments:

At 10:07 AM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous AHW said...

I also have reservations over dedicated spending. To me, almost any pledge or dedication when it comes to future circumstances and issues seems like bad policy. Pawlenty's pledge to not raise taxes seriously limited his ability to govern during a recession he did not forsee, hence this desperate search for other, less reliable (and reasonable) revenue, eg. fees, government casinos.
If money for the outdoors and the arts is so important, which it is, then get it done without resorting to constitutional mandates.

 
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