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Friday, May 14, 2010

Reasonable income tax not that unreasonable

Letter to the Editor

New Hampshire suffers from a profound dependency problem when it comes to asking her wealthier and more able citizens to join supporting the state in which they live.

This spring, we were blessed with the gift of a pamphlet that provided a breakdown of state revenues of all 50 states. That document disclosed that this state relies most heavily on property taxes to support our government.

It also disclosed that, as result of that reliance, that segment of our state’s population that can least afford it pays a most disproportionate share of their income in taxes.

Conversely, that segment of our states population that can most afford to contribute pays the least proportionate amount of their income to support this state.

The figures were gathered from purely objective sources. The report was prepared to advise policymakers nationwide without any axes to grind.

The notion of asking the wealthy to contribute to the commonweal via a reasonable income tax hardly seems like punishment. Rather, it seems rather appropriate.

Rep. Seth Marshall

Nashua