dan patrick's townhall - tonight

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  1. DCortez

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    Anyone else going? I left work early today to make sure I could make it on time. I'll be talking taxes, taxes, and taxes.


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  2. DCortez

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    Was a good meeting. Some interesting points such as raising sales tax and eliminating property tax.

    On yesterdays radio show, Dan brought up raising the gas tax and eliminating tolls. IIRC, he said gas taxes had not been raised in 20 or so years.

    Usually, I'm not for raising taxes but do like the sales vs property taxes. At least I'd have some choice and control when I spent my money.

    On gas, I'm not opposed. Yesterday, we made two 30 mile round trips in two trucks. It cost us $16 in tolls. I'd be more than happy to pay 10 cents a gallon, at 15 miles per gallon, or $0.80 in tax instead. 290 could use 2 more lanes going each direction. Hell, getting to work or home faster is worth $0.10 per gallon to me. Less potholes wouldn't hurt my feelings either.
     
  3. TxEMTP69

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    I heard they are raising the gas tax also. I definately would look at a higher sales tax vs properity taxes also
     
  4. DCortez

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    Let's say the average person pays $2400 per year. That's $200 per month, or a lot of groceries, some electricity, and money retired/fixed income crowd won't have to spend or come up with.

    I drove through Houston's 6th Ward, Heights, and Northside with my family. It is unfair that some of the old timers are being taxed out of their home because developers are building new urban living retreats (their words, not mine, I'd call them mousetraps) that are driving property taxes up.

    While some may complain that increased sales taxes is unfair, property taxes are worse. If you rent, lease, or own, the cost is passed on to you. If you buy from a business that pays property tax, that cost is being passed on to you.
     
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    I agree with the no property tax, higher sales tax approach. A consumption tax. But there are a lot of details that need to be considered and worked out.
     
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    Yea, like how to keep the government in check and living on a non-pork, non-entitlement budget. :rofl: Seriously, why do we not pay taxes on haircuts, legal services, etc., already?


    Do we really need cops making six figure incomes and $80 million dollar sport complexes for school districts? Do Pelosi and Boehner really need thousands of dollars for flowers and bottled water? Can't DUMBama wait to take his wife out on "date night" when he's at the UN bowing?


    I hate having to pay taxes at the end of the year. I'd rather pay as I go.


    Wow, I went from happy to pissed in 0.02 seconds. :lolz:
     
  7. eriadoc

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    Yes, and no. I know I have been harsh on the bad apples in the police force, but I think they need to be way more selectively chosen, and as such, paid appropriately. When you underpay your police force, you get what you pay for. JMO.

    And to reiterate, no &^%$ing way on the sports complexes. I love my high school football, and TX is all about football, but that doesn't take a multi-million dollar building.
     
  8. DCortez

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    I dunno, I'm sick of paying taxes. I liked it better when I was unaware of the cost, the waste, and the abuse.
     
  9. DoubleActionCHL

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    Property taxes definitely need to be reduced. NO on the gas taxes. You take the tollway by choice as a convenience. EVERYBODY pays gas taxes. When we raise the fuel tax, we raise the cost of just about everything we buy.

    The sales tax is the only one I'd consider raising, but I'm still not convinced any taxes need to be raised. There's so much government waste! If the state ran its affairs like a business, I believe taxes could actually be reduced and the quality of services would improve.
     
  10. DCortez

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    A drive down Almeda-Genoa and Shaver might change your mind, lol.

    In a perfectly sane and functional world, an increase in gas tax would result in less traffic, faster travel times, longer road life of my suspension, and less idling. I drive the toll road to save time, not really convenience. When you install and run service, you have to get things done.

    I wish everyone was cheesed off over taxes, waste, and the lifestyle our politicians are enjoying at our expense. I don't go to townhalls, tea parties, and write my reps for my health. :rofl:
     

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