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Posted on 02/22/2013 4:54:21 PM PST by neverdem
Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current Independent, future Democrat?
In late December, Rhode Islands six Republican state representatives (out of a total chamber of 75 membersno, thats not a typo) announced an intriguing initiative. The states house minority leader declared that in the new year, his party would pursue an audacious plan to eliminate the Ocean States sales tax, which stands at 7 percent, among the nations highest. The elimination of the sales tax had been suggested by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the states premier (well, just about only) free-market think tank. The moral case for eliminating the levy is clear: Sales taxes are deeply regressive and punish citizens for the simple act of basic consumption. The economic benefits of such a move are obvious too; any Rhode Island native can attest to the numerous trips hes made to Attleboro or Seekonk, Massachusetts, just over the border from East Providence, to stock up on booze, home goods, and big-ticket items like televisions. (Amazingly, Taxachusetts has a lower sales tax rate than Rhode Island!) The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, for its part, has predicted that eliminating the tax will create about 20,000 new private-sector jobs.
The plan, alas, faces some very high hurdles: powerful public employee unions and an entrenched mindset among the states leaders that privileges revenue over all other considerations, not to mention the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the general assembly 69 to six. But perhaps no obstacle is greater than Rhode Islands governor, Independent Lincoln Linc Chafee.
Indeed, Lincoln Davenport Chafee, scion of the Chafee political dynasty, governor of Rhode Island since January 2011, and former United States senator, mayor, and farrier (he made horseshoes before entering politics), has shown an unusual affection for the sales...
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Particularly over the last few years I’ve made a conscious decision to avoid the Gay State’s oppressive sales tax whenever possible.Shopping on Amazon,one or two NYC electronics stores and in New Hampshire has resulted in the expenditure of $6K (plus) for non-essentials (electronics,etc)...and not a penny paid in sales tax.And *no*...I do *not* report these purchases on my state tax return and never will.And *yes*,I sleep like a baby every single night.
Missing Linc is lower than dog crap stuck on your shoe.
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