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Would you tax lawyers, doctors, bottled water to pay for kids?

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm with No Comments »
March 3, 2009 12:28 pm

Yes, Yes and (suprisingly) No.

I have only fragmented results for the polling that is being done by interest groups to gauge public support for taxes to help the Legislature get part way out of its $8 billion budget hole.

But “Survey says…”

….Putting a sales and use tax on professional services, such as doctors, lawyers, architects is the kind of tax that would raise a sizeable amount of money.

….A tax on bottled water suprisingly was not that popular. Go figure. I guess it’s just way too popular.

….What to spend that tax money on? Parks, education in general, K-12 in particular, and children’s health care.

All this will be useful information when it comes time to put together a tax package for voters later this session.

I’m told there are several groups out there holding focus groups and doing polling to see what will pass muster with voters, so stay tuned.

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