We always come back to economics, don’t we?
The left still doesn’t get it. Eric Luedtke (who as you know, refuses to debate me on the issue of which party is better for working families and the middle class) still doesn’t comprehend that the unhappiness with the sales tax on computer services is part of a larger problem:
Momentum seems to be building for the Assembly to revisit the haphazard expansion of the sales tax to computer services and no other services during the special session. No one seems to be particularly happy with that outcome. Put simply, there was no fair standard applied, and computer services was picked largely because it fit a hole in the package.
So what are the options? 1. Eliminate the computer services sales tax and add nothing else, which leaves another hole in the budget. 2. Drop computer services but apply the sales tax to other industries (there are dozens of services not currently taxed, even beyond those discussed during the special session). But then you have the same problem of explaining why one or more industries are taxed while others aren’t. Or 3. Apply a smaller (1-2%) sales tax to a broad range of service industries.
And for the billionth time, Luedtke again misses the most obvious answer; eliminate the entire sales tax hike, and cut state spending. Luedtke seems to think that the most important thing to fix in regards to the computer services tax is to just fix that particular portion of tax.
What he fails to realize is that the thing that is most important to the economy, and most important to Marylanders is trying to take proactive steps to make Maryland more livable and more affordable to working families. The only way to do that is to cut state spending and eliminate the draconian tax increases that Maryland Democrats subjected to the middle and working classes. Only then can Maryland’s economy be allowed to less encumbered in this difficult economy, and only than can Maryland’s families be able to better reap the fruits of their labor. Only then can the chains constraining our economic growth be removed.
The General Assembly needs to go back to Annapolis and put Maryland’s working families first, and the only way they can do that is to roll back the unfair taxes that Maryland’s taxpayers will soon be subjected to….