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01:39 am: sales tax
My county is considering creating a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, to be funded by adding 0.1% to the county sales tax. The text of the proposition is here:

http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14981883

Scientific and cultural facilities are public goods, and should get some public money, but sales taxes are regressive and bad. I can't decide what I should do. I didn't sign the petition to get it onto the ballot, but now that it's on, voting it down would feel like rejecting the idea of public support for science and culture.

But sales tax! Surely science and culture as a public good shouldn't take a larger share of poor people's income than rich people's.

Advice?


ETA: I sent this message to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (a very nice science museum; I had a family membership back when they were much smaller and poorer, and my kids were smaller and lived with me):
Subject*
Ballot Issue 200
Message*
Science and culture are a public good, and should get some public funding. But sales taxes are regressive. They take a larger proportion of the income of people who already can't afford your tickets. If Issue 200 passes, will you do anything for the people who are supporting you through taxes but not through ticket sales or memberships?
I'll let you know if I hear back from them.

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From:lookfar
Date:October 9th, 2016 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I think this is one of those "lesser evils" questions. I mean, almost all the states have sales tax, right. First, vote in the tax, then vote on better benefits for poor people, by voting liberal.

This from a person who is allergic to politics generally.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:October 10th, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
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I am definitely leaning in that direction.
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From:ljgeoff
Date:October 9th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
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•The proposal would create a dedicated fund for eligible non-profits to increase science, arts and culture programming in Larimer County and to make these programs more accessible for everyone.

I think that what I'd wonder about is how accessible it "more accessible"? Would the people who pay a larger portion of their income have greater accessibility? I've often heard folks say things like, "The tickets are only $5, so that everyone can afford to go."

Except for the folks who don't have $5, who don't have a way to get there, who depend on people who work two jobs, and who don't have the time/spoons to get someone to whatever neat thing that's being offered.

Honestly, I would probably vote yes on this because I would view this program as more good than bad. Hmm. GAS? Perhaps you could get together a group who could donate disposable diapers or other hygiene products; if enough people did stuff like that, it might balance it out.

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From:boxofdelights
Date:October 10th, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
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You prompted me to write a letter to the local science museum and ask them! If they answer, I'll post it.
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