Luxury Never Looked Like This
"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but please forget that ridiculous tax."
It definitely should be "one, two, three strikes you're out" for the misguided luxury tax proposal state legislators are evidently seriously bantering around in
House Speaker Andy Dillon,
As lawmakers have crowed about how they "fixed" the current year budget woes without raising taxes (and many assail the idea of raising revenues in that way ever), they conveniently seem to overlook the continued reduction in state revenue-sharing payments to local units of government, in effect forcing those jurisdictions to cut programs, raise fees and make impossible budgeting decisions for the future. Communities are not going to receive funds they contributed to the state, and the local consequences are increasingly dire.
Similar baseball efforts have been successful in other
"We feel that to look to such a community-based industry (minor league baseball) to solve budget woes is probably looking in the wrong direction," said Lew Chamberlin, managing partner of the Whitecaps (as well as the sure-to-be impacted Berlin Raceway) and a member of the Convention and Arena Authority Board that operates venues that host concerts and shows whose audiences also would be gouged (and maybe encouraged to stay home) by the added tax.
Rick Hert, executive director of the West Michigan Tourist Association, also sees foreboding consequences to the proposed luxury tax, recently saying that such a move would negatively impact his industry, as well. A dampening of the tourism sector just as the state is attempting to give it added economic significance is unreasonable public policy.
State budget coffers are undergoing a massive overhaul, that's of little doubt. To plug the gaps by punishing elements of communities that improve the quality of life to such an unquestioned degree in this state is not the answer. Let's just say this corny pitch is way too high and outside.