Sales-tax hike helps government, not people
This is in response to Joanie Schirm’s guest column (“Equitable sales-tax increase may be key to economic recovery,” May 11) about raising the Florida state sales tax due to reduced tax revenue.
State, county, and local tax revenue is down because the economy has been shut down. People out of work aren’t spending their reduced funds and those still working have limited place to spend money and are cautious about doing so.
How about this instead? Get the economy back up and running with limited restrictions on how people run their business. People will be re-employed, get their income back, have money to spend and we all will have many more places to spend our money. Increased spending equals increased tax revenue.
Getting our economy working again benefits both our citizens and our governments. Raising the state sales tax only benefits the government.
Dale Colburn Umatilla