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Unfair taxes

| Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007

What is a fair tax• It is clear you cannot look to the people for a sensible answer.

Let us consider gasoline taxes as an example. They are set at a fixed amount per gallon, imposed at both the state and the federal levels.

Most of the proceeds are directed and go to our public transportation facilities. They are user taxes, paid by those who use these facilities with payments roughly approximating the use by the users.

But in annual surveys made by the Tax Foundation, surprisingly, the public continues to judge gasoline taxes as among the most unfair! Pittsburghers appear to agree with this.

In the answer to an Aug. 14 KQV poll to the question "Do you support Bush's opposition to raising the federal gasoline tax by 5 cents per gallon?" -- even though this is a modest 5 cents -- 88 percent of the readers voted they agreed.

The search for fairness in taxation continues to be a will-o'-the-wisp experience, with the obvious answer being that no tax is fair.

So we leave the answer to this conundrum in the laps of the politicians, which is about the most unfair way that taxes can be imposed.

George J. Heideman
Ligonier

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