Legislators need to let everything expire for the current Farm Bill and just have small individual bills addressing small extremely needed items and stop with the self-serving extraneous programs, which only leads to abuse of our tax dollars. Our country cannot afford the abuse any longer and it needs to be eliminated. The Farm Bill should not contain items for welfare, energy, broadband, housing, etc. and everything should stand on its own in any future bills to better control costs and eliminate the special interests and self-serving items being added.
Senators Bennet and Udall need to take a closer look at their own Senate Farm Bill with regards to the abuse and self-serving items. A prime example of accommodating self-serving entities is The Senate Bill in this section: SEC. 12211. DEFINITION OF RURAL AREA FOR PURPOSES OF THE HOUSING ACT OF 1949 would increase the pool of recipients and also increased rural community population requirement to 35,000. This population level would be a small City not a true rural community. Also, changing the Census date to 2020 insures those who have already received fair share of benefits over past years and now self-sufficient to continue receiving such benefits. This means less money available to true rural area communities, because others would continue receiving more after they are now self-sufficient and no longer rural.
With only X amount of dollars available the Senate wants to add more communities with their hands out looking for more. Senate who is primarily Democrats would be adding to our country’s problem instead of politely informing those areas that they have already received their share and it is now other smaller communities turn to receive those benefits. That is the purpose of rural programs to help very small struggling communities grow and become self-sufficient, not to become a welfare system for self-sufficient communities who have already received past benefits wanting more. Enough is enough … the Farm Bill is antiquated with too much past garbage and needs to die. Legislators can then implement separate meaningful cost effective measures to address various problems and keep it simple for future changes as needed.
Yes to Proposition 101 … The vehicle ownership tax is so outrageous and many large companies try to replace vehicles every 5 years, so a corporation would have to be STUPID to register vehicles in Colorado. A corporation is not going to expand only to spend $600-$800 per vehicle the first year after purchasing to register.
This tax is government officials trying to tax the supposed “rich” with detrimental consequences for those on fixed income or low income. Many seniors or lower income individuals must drive 10 year old clunkers in Colorado as they cannot afford the “ownership tax” to purchase a newer vehicle. If vehicle registration was based on size of vehicle, then those who have more money purchase larger vehicles and would pay more, yet those on fixed income could purchase an economy vehicle and be able to afford registration fees which are fair and equitable. This in turn would increase spending because more individuals could afford to purchase newer vehicles and could promote corporations possibly investing in Colorado.
Regarding the telephone tax decrease in Proposition 101 … Star Tek is probably a good example as they are a “call center”. It is little wonder why they have expanded and opened new offices in the Philippines and Costa Rica. When I review my telephone bill and how much of it is taxes, can you imagine what most businesses in Colorado think about their telephone bills? And US citizens gripe about companies moving their businesses overseas, it is called BUSINESS SURVIVAL 101. I and others may not like that this happens, but we also should not blame them for surviving as needed.
The income tax revenue portion:
2009 Tax Revenue: $4,732,991,020 – (0.13%) = $6,152,888 possible revenue reduction
This will be only about $6 million statewide.
Valid reasons for the “NO DOUBLE TAXATION” in our Constitution.
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