Pay our fair share

Dear Editor:

You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to know something everyone should have known already and has been confirmed by the Minnesota Revenue Office: 90 percent of the workers in our wonderful state pay 12.3 percent of their income in state and local taxes while the other 10 percent, who make over $130,000 and over, pay only 10.3 percent in state and local taxes.

Now I ask, why would anyone think this is fair tax policy?

Whether you are Republican or Democrat, should make no difference whatsoever. If you are a member of the 90 percent who pays two percent more, you should be furious and not be willing to be kicked when you are down.

If the 10 percent paid their fair share by paying two percent more, it would go a long way to balance our budget without the drastic cuts to the people who need the most help.

Don Hammer

Cambridge

 

  • Shawn

    I agree with the phrase, “it is not fair”. I believe 90 percent of the people should get a 2 percent tax break. This way everyone will still be paying the same.

    The agrument that the higher income earners do not pay their fair share based on their income does not hold water. A gallon of milk, gallon of gasoline, a quart of oil, or any other consumable product will always cost “lower income earners” more based on a percentage of their income. This agrument is skewed from the start.

  • jim

    Shawn, You missed the point. It is because “A gallon of milk, gallon of gasoline, a quart of oil, or any other consumable product will always cost “lower income earners” more based on a percentage of their income”, .that the higher incomes should be asked to do more. Then the lower income person may not have to choose between food, medical treatment or education for their children. The lower income parents would not have to both work one or two jobs each to support their families. The wealthy have more discretionary income.
    However, I agree that we should also cut taxes, as long it doesn’t add to local “fees” and expenses the lower incomes can’t afford.

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