LETTERS

A poor substitute for sound economic policy

Posted 6/10/21

To the Editor: Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must love Democrat legislators like Rhode Island's Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Karen Alzate. DeSantis knows that the stupid tax policy proposed by Murray and Alzate will drive even more affluent

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LETTERS

A poor substitute for sound economic policy

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To the Editor:

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must love Democrat legislators like Rhode Island’s Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Karen Alzate.

DeSantis knows that the stupid tax policy proposed by Murray and Alzate will drive even more affluent Rhode Islanders to seek greener tax pastures in Florida (“Why raising taxes on the wealthiest 1% is a long term investment in Rhode Island,” May 26). That’s great for the Sunshine State’s economy, but the Ocean State loses out with each change in residency.

Soak the rich/punish the successful based taxation is a poor substitute for sound economic policy. Murray and Alzate ought to know that, but obviously don’t. As legislators with the power to tax and destroy, their ignorance of economics and human nature doesn’t bode well for the future of Rhode Island.

A.H. Liddle

Warwick

tax, 1%

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John Stark

Can't you just envision the state reps and senators when they used to convene at the state house? "If we could only soak the few remaining rich, we could do so much more..." RI taxpayers need to sit back and reflect on what, exactly, they are receiving in the form of public services proportional to the taxes they are paying. To wit: New Hampshire, with no state income or sales tax, has the highest literacy rate of all 50 states. The lowest? High tax California, NY, and NJ. According to USA Today, RI has the 9th highest tax burden in the country per taxpayer. In exchange, we have the 5th lowest median SAT scores in the country coupled with the third worst-kept system of state highways. Hence, in exchange for already high taxes, we receive deplorable public services. Can anyone at the state house say, with a straight face, that higher taxes will fix any of this?

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