Originally Posted by intelligentjetsfan
The bill included the repeal of tax credits for food, rental housing and child care that benefited low-income residents. Because of those repeals, the poorest 20 percent of Kansans will spend an additional 1.3 percent of their incomes, an average of $148 per year, on taxes, according to a report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The top 1 percent, meanwhile, will see the share of their income that goes toward taxes drop by 2 percent, or $21,087 per year, the report said.
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Civil War Lyrics, Guns N' Roses
By Ending State Income Taxation on 100% of the people, the "20%" who were Getting Direct Subsidy From "Tax Credits", i.e. Welfare, will no longer get it.
And apparently it's new that those paying the most benefit the most when a percentage basded tax system is reduced or eliminated. By this qualifier, every tax reduction ever is "for the rich".
Shocking stuff this.
Well, I would suggest that if direct State welfare subsidy for the poor for food, child-care and rental costs are good ideas, they can and should thus be passed as legislation on their own, not included as part of tax policy.
It should also be pointed out that these "tax credits", i.e. subsidy, are above and beyond all already in place welfare programs, like food stamps for example. In effect they get welfare twice for the same purpose, once directly (food stamps) and once indirectly via tax code (tax credits on taxes they don't actually pay any net loss on).
The Tax System should not be a backdoor Welfare System. It should do one thing, tax citizens. If we choose to have welfare (and we should to some degree), it should be on it's own value and rightiousness, and in it's own Law.