sales tax

Oct. 9th, 2016 01:39 am
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My county is considering creating a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, to be funded by adding 0.1% to the county sales tax. The text of the proposition is here:

http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14981883

Scientific and cultural facilities are public goods, and should get some public money, but sales taxes are regressive and bad. I can't decide what I should do. I didn't sign the petition to get it onto the ballot, but now that it's on, voting it down would feel like rejecting the idea of public support for science and culture.

But sales tax! Surely science and culture as a public good shouldn't take a larger share of poor people's income than rich people's.

Advice?


ETA: I sent this message to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (a very nice science museum; I had a family membership back when they were much smaller and poorer, and my kids were smaller and lived with me):
Subject*
Ballot Issue 200
Message*
Science and culture are a public good, and should get some public funding. But sales taxes are regressive. They take a larger proportion of the income of people who already can't afford your tickets. If Issue 200 passes, will you do anything for the people who are supporting you through taxes but not through ticket sales or memberships?
I'll let you know if I hear back from them.

Date: 2016-10-09 12:46 pm (UTC)
lilysea: Serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
I would vote no, and write letters or start petitions about how the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District is a great idea, and you wholeheartedly support it, but that it should be funded in a way that doesn't make poor families less-able to afford textbooks, school uniforms, and food.

Date: 2016-10-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] telophase
I've got a degree in museum studies, and have worked and volunteered in numerous museums over the past two decades, and it always astounds me that they CLAIM to be for everyone, but then make it extremely difficult for people who don't have the privilege to be able to visit during

Look at this. This is one of my local art museums. It's world-class museum, and the general collection is free to visit (good for them). But look at the hours!

Tuesday 10 AM–5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM–5 PM
Thursday 10 AM– 5 PM
Friday NOON–8 PM
Saturday 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday NOON–5 PM
Monday Closed

Yeah. That's going to let a lot of people who work retail or other lower-paying shift work visit.

Date: 2016-10-13 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Thanks for this insight! Today you are a museum educator.

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