The tax code needs to be fair, everyone needs to pay their fair share and we
need more people working and paying taxes than draining tax supported services.
Adding a sales tax on legal services is a mistake. I'm an attorney and the
vast majority of my clients are individuals and small businesses with
fundamental need for a lawyer. A tax on their consumption of legal services is
to tax a need, not a luxury. It's not a tax on consumption, but a tax on
justice. Some have been the victims of serious and expensive misfortune and to
impose a tax on them is to make seeking redress in court all the more
inaccessible. There's already considerable pressure to offer free or
reduced fee legal services, but to reduce more so that the state can exact its
two cents is an undue burden on many, if not all, of my clients.The
notion of "broadening" the tax base sounds vaguely fair, but my clients
aren't out there with a bully club trying to wield unjust
power--they're trying to keep themselves and their businesses afloat,
sometimes in the face of heinous malfeasance by other people who refuse to honor
their word or who have sued them unjustly. Let's not escalate the
Lfa used to be straight. But in recent years the administrator has started
manipulating legislators. Does brad wilson really want his legacy to be that he
imposed taxes on whole bunch of new stuff, making it a lot easier to raise tax
rates. The saying goes "a politician is usually a slave of a defunct
economist". At least brad wilson can be proud that he was a slave of the
economist running lfa. That's something to be proud of.
I doubt we will get honest numbers out of lfa/gomb/tax. The tax increase is
huge and they will likely day that it's "revenue neutral". Please
don't trust anything the lfa administrator or the gomb administrator says.
They play games.
Why are legislators letting the economists run the show? This is all being
driven by a few staff administrators (lfa/gomb). People tried to get Mitt
Romney to "expand the base" by having a national sales tax. He saw
right through that agenda. Why are legislators not seeing the agenda behind
this? The sales tax base is just fine, growing at over 5% each year. There is
no reason to put the business service sector at risk for a budget leaders