We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Connecticut" can't decide to tax anything. Only a person can make that decision; and only after it has gone through a documentable review process. Who authorized this tax? Where is his name and phone number? And where is the documented review? The government employees, who are paid by Connecticut tax-payers are playing a game. They're hiding their own identities; and then they're raising taxes to pay for their own salaries.
It isn't any one tax that is the problem it is all of the taxes. I think we would be better off with sales taxes on everything, no exceptions even for government and tax exempt organizations, and no other taxes at all. Tax consumption not income and property and tax everyone, churches, schools, everyone who purchases and/or consumes. It is the most visible, the most fair (in that everyone pays) and the most difficult to avoid. Of course it would include a tax on any products and services from outside the country as well.
"Sales taxes on everything" is unworkable without banning cash transactions. Example: If I cut down an oak tree on my property, split it for firewood, and sell it to a neighbor, you think I'm going to pay taxes on the sale?
Firewood is already sold in stores and taxed. It is also sold by individuals with no tax. I don't see any problem with this. It has no effect on the idea of a universal sales tax and elimination of other taxes.
The strength in a sales tax is that it taxes everyone. Today less than half of American adults pay income taxes and about 20% of American adults actually get money directly from the federal and state tax system without ever having paid into it. It is so bastardized and unfair it should be abandoned.
If our goal really were to tax everyone, we'd have a simple annual per capita tax. Almost all tax disputes are over the question whether it's possible to structure things so that our enemies are taxed and our friends are not. Or, to be simpler, taxes for thee but not for me.
We'll never have a per capita tax because too many people think it's unfair to expect the poor to shoulder as much of the burden of government as the rich. The same objection will be lodged against sales/use taxes: they're regressive. Instead, we spend most of our time arguing either over how to be more punitive against disfavored groups, like those terrible rich people, or over just how much we can gouge out of productive people before they stop being productive, so that we dry up the milk cow.
All taxes are regressive. Most taxes are unfair. Sales taxes are the most fair.
The poor should pay for government, everyone should pay. It is beyond bizarre that we set up a system where many people are treated like dependents while others are treated like slaves. IMHO there should be no taxes but I recognize and accept that in a modern world with roads and schools that some taxes are necessary. But I believe that about half or more of all taxes collected are totally wasted and worse used corruptly.
What I am suggesting is that taxes could be and should be cut by 50% AND that 100% of that could be collected by a sales tax in replacement of all other taxes.
A childhood friend got elected to the CT legislature. I did not see in my friend's campaign statements any mention of the main reason CT is in trouble: excessive state spending. So, I am not surprised at this "tax-and-spend" response to excessive spending.
Massachusetts, once infamously known as Taxachusetts, taxes pretty much everything. Politically there is only one state I know of that is more true blue. CT is unlikely to move to the red side of the aisle, even with the new taxes.
Welcome to the big time, boys! My state has been taxing prepared and convenience foods forever. From my vague perceptions gleaned from receipts, CT is setting up pretty much like we've been taxed since the stone age. And we're in Flyover, generally considered a low tax state, so go figure.
Weirdest tax rule I remember is from the 5 years I lived in PA and clothing was not taxed - not basics from Wally's nor fur coats for the damned, go figure twice.