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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

In response to the letter “Bag the ‘propaganda'” from state Sen. Daylin Leach: The senator unknowingly admits to the truth about taxes. He can cite all the studies he would like to rationalize his bill to tax plastic bags but the truth is that he wants to discourage an activity by taxing it.

If government lowers taxes, it encourages economic activity.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell suspended sales taxes on computers when he wanted people to buy them for school. Local governments give tax-increment-financing packages (TIFs) and other incentives to encourage a business to move to or stay in a locality. They know the truth and at times even use it to meet their goals, so why do they not acknowledge its universality?

To encourage economic activity, lower taxes across the board.

Mike Henninger


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