Englund is against state income tax | Letter

Why would you want to vote for Jinyoung Englund?

She is against a state income tax, as are other Republicans. Democrats want the income tax, even though we have more taxes coming in than expected.

Politicians want you to believe that a tax is a tax, but not so. One punishes you more severely than the other two. So what is the main difference between property taxes, income taxes and sales taxes?

Property taxes punish you for owning something, sales taxes punish you for spending (buying something), while income taxes punish you for working (earning the money to buy something). Being punished for working results in people not wanting to work.

Property taxes: You can pay less property taxes by moving, selling or trying to vote down some of the levies.

Sales taxes: As a wise buyer, you can keep your sales taxes down by being careful what you buy. Or where you buy it. If you have to buy a big-ticket item and want to save some money, you could buy it in a nearby town with a lower sales tax, or perhaps on the Internet. You have control over sales taxes and food is not taxed.

Income taxes: With income taxes, the common way to pay less is to earn less. That doesn’t help you get ahead at all. Everyone would like to earn more — that’s part of the American dream — but with income taxes, the more you earn, the more the government takes away. The hard worker is punished for working hard, which is why many will stay on food stamps and welfare, increasing the welfare burden on those who do work. One more thing about a tax on income is that an increase doesn’t affect the very wealthy, who get most of their money through other means than wages (income). Even then, they pay more than 70 percent of the money collected in taxes. So when politicians call for a raise in the income tax on the wealthy, just realize that it is the middle class who will end up paying more, since the very poor don’t pay taxes.

I urge you to vote for Englund.

Nancy Radke,

**CITY**

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