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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Increased sales tax is not the answer for funding services

By Jean A. Blackwood
March 20, 2013 | 12:17 p.m. CDT

I thank Mary Hussmann and Grass Roots Organizing for speaking out against the imposition of another sales tax here in Boone County. They have rightly pointed out that sales taxes are regressive, meaning that they impose more upon the poor and working class than upon the well-to-do.

I am among those who spend nearly 100 percent of income each year, meaning that sales tax subtracts from almost every dollar of income I receive. This is not the way to fund government programs. Yet with continuing efforts by the Republican Party to bar any other form of revenue increase for state and local government, this is the kind of tax we are left with to support essential programs like mental health and our 911 call center.

It's time for citizens to say no to more sales taxes and demand that our government use more equitable means to fund the programs we all support. And that means fair taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Jean A. Blackwood is a Columbia resident.