Working with Republican lawmakers. Last year, many of us received income tax refunds. The baseline was $50, then higher earners received larger amounts (they pay more income tax). It’s not a done deal yet for 2022, but I expect it to be an easy pass during an election year for senators and governor. The baseline for this year will start at $75.
The poor must start voting
Some complain that this plan favors the wealthy. See paragraph above. The wealthy carry most of the freight. If poor people want to change tax policy, more of them should show up and vote. In my experience, the working poor complain a lot but don’t show up in November.
You might not think $75 is a lot when filling a van costs a lot more, but every little bit counts. Let me say that I will not be returning my refund.
It was so cold I saw a Democrat with his hands in his pockets
This morning I saw a message from the governor’s office on the proposal. A local Democratic activist had responded and said the state should save the money and fix more roads. If the Democrats want to return their share to the Treasury, by all means, you are welcome. Don’t think you speak for the rest of us.
Let me tell you something about taxes. Idaho remains among the ten lowest taxed states in America and the economy is thriving. I grew up in a small Republican town in western New York. The government at the State Capitol is dominated by liberals. Taxes are among the highest in the country. The roads aren’t much better. In fact, construction is perpetual and at the prevailing wage. In other words, workers are robbed while a handful get a big check for job creation projects. Was there. Finished with that. I do not want it anymore.
Glad to be in Idaho where I can learn to avoid potholes on my own.