Among these: fines, fees, fares, tickets, tolls, tuition, and access charges.
Everything is going up, a little here and a little there. And it adds up.
McElroy notes the following news story:
website Texas Senator Eliot Shaleigh writes, “A couple of weeks ago, the
local paper printed names of El Pasoans with outstanding arrest warrants.
78,000 El Pasoans made the paper! What’s going on here? Here are the facts.
Of the 78,000 almost all are for moving violations. In fact, most are
violations of the Texas Driver Responsibility Act of
. Here’s a breakdown by category of
violation… When we compared Austin, same story: 11% of Austin has outstanding
arrest warrants. How did that happen?… For the first time, fees, tickets and
tuition paid for sizable chunk of the Texas budget. Under the bill, fees
escalate dramatically. Theoretically, after three tickets, a driver can owe
$3,000 and more, depending on the offense. And if you can’t pay, you go to
jail. And that is exactly what happened. Nearly one in ten Texans can’t pay:
students, single mothers, working families, essentially low and even middle
income Texans whose income can’t keep up with gas, insurance, taxes and
According to Car and Driver,
“The metropolitan Detroit area, which has been reeling economically much
longer than has the rest of the country. The number of moving violations
issued has increased by at least 50 percent in 18 communities in the metro
area since — and 11 of those municipalities
have seen ticketing increases of 90 percent or more.” [Hat tip to Mike "Mish"
I haven’t written about the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund in more than
two-and-a-half years now. The proposal is an extremely flawed effort that
should be opposed by all people of conscience. As I summed up in
, “…if you want to send more money
to the war machine, split the war tax resistance movement, and help set up a
feel good shell game then the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill (HR 2631)
is for you.” So, I was happy to read in the
issue of More
Than a Paycheck that the Coordinating Committee of the National War
Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee did not renew its previous endorsement
of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund.
That article highlights in particular a $30 million dining facility at a
U.S. base in Iraq
that the U.S. has
promised to abandon within a couple of years. It was supposed to replace a
more run-down facility that, nonetheless, was completely renovated for $3.36
million and is now perfectly fine. Having discovered this $30 million waste,
nobody is doing anything about it, since the project is too far along and the
contractors will get paid at this point whether or not they build it.
Maybe that’s where your taxes went. Who knows? Wouldn’t it be nice if
they’d inscribe your name in a plaque in the lobby?
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