BILL CRAWFORD: More taxes for rank, file; less for wealthy, Walmart

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have decided to shift Mississippi’s tax burden – less on income and businesses, more on users.

“Because I think everybody ought to have skin in the game,” explained Gunn.

Hmmm.

It appears as though the Speaker has bought into the notion that many poor Mississippians don’t pay state taxes….

…Reeves’ and Gunn’s choice expert from the Tax Foundation has recommended expanding sales taxes to include drugs and fuel plus services provided by physicians, lawyers, veterinarians, beauticians and more. She also suggested eliminating sales tax holidays and raising tobacco and gaming taxes.

That sounds like a lot of additional taxes for average Mississippi “users” who are taxed enough already, not a way to get others to have more skin in the game.

Daily Journal
11/20/16