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TAXES: Sin taxes will encourage smuggling, black market

Letter by Gregg Durham, Puyallup / The News Tribune on April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm with 2 Comments »
April 27, 2010 4:24 pm

Sin taxes are the first and perhaps last refuge of a cowardly Legislature. And they hit the lower-income people the hardest. So much for the Democrats as champions of the downtrodden: measly spending cuts and more taxes.

People and businesses will vote with their feet. With alcohol and tobacco, Washington state is getting very close to the tipping point where law-biding citizens do their own smuggling and a black market appears. Ask New York about that.

The sin tax revenues lawmakers so dearly seek start to decline as people buy cigarettes and booze in California, Idaho and Oregon before they cross the Washington state line. I know I do. And the Washington Democrats in power will say, “Gosh, how did that happen?”

Such folly. Vote the bums out of office.

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  1. Not only this, but some jobs will go under the radar as well, which means, you guessed it, NO tax money will be collected from cash income. Hey, that actually sounds pretty good.

  2. blakeshouse says:

    There are hundreds of sites to purchase the “sin” products a lot of use wnat and use. Personally I haven’t paid sales tax on cigaretts in 6 yrs and with any and all major purchases I do go out of state also. I bought 9500 in appliances and cabinets in Or and paid a carpenter under the table for the remodle of my kitchen 2 yrs ago. Not only did the state lose out but the feds didn’t get to tax all the money I paid in wages. This fall will be a new car bought in Or and licenced there too. Altho I may put that off till after I move from this socialist gulag to Az. Vote em out? It is not how many votes get cast but how they are counted and how often..Just ask Dino….

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