By James Kwak
A couple of days ago I criticized Mitt Romney for thinking that eliminating the deductions for mortgages on second homes and for state and local taxes would pay for his 20 percent rate cuts. But there’s a more important general point to be made.
Given the public unrest of the last few days, it would appear that the Cypriot government, having tried and failed with Plan A (wealth tax versions 1 and 2) and Plan B (beg the Russians directly), they have decided to go with Plan C (Collateralized Cypriot Obligations).
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Mayor John Tory unveiled what he called a “balanced and prudent” draft city budget that includes a total 2.75% property tax hike, but leaves an $86-million hole he hopes the provincial government will fill.
The proposed tax increase is made up of a residential rate hike of 2.25% — which the mayor touted as below the city’s 2.6% rate of inflation, although it’s higher the national rate — in addition to a 0.5% property tax levy for the Scarborough subway approved by the previous term.
TORONTO — Ontario’s New Democrats warn they won’t support new taxes or tolls from the minority Liberal government to fund public transit expansion in the Toronto-Hamilton area.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she wants to make the minority Parliament work when the legislature resumes next month, but doesn’t like the Liberal plan to find new “revenue tools” to pay for upgrades to infrastructure and public transit.
The city of Scranton hiked property taxes 57% and garbage collection fees 69% to shore up a police and fire pension funds that will run out of money anyway, in 5 years and 2.5 years respectively.Amusingly (to outsiders) but certainly not to Scranton taxpayers, Scranton Pensions Increased as Much as 80 Percent as a result of inane mayoral promises.
I was walking north on 5th street the other day looking at the state of the neighborhood and it occurred to me that maybe it would make sense to tax land values rather than policy values. That would encourage people to put their parcels to use, rather than endlessly sitting on vacant properties hoping for a better deal tomorrow.