Las Vegas Sun

August 22, 2019

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Letter to the editor:

All taxpayers could help pay down debt

Regarding Saturday’s editorial “No-new-taxes rhetoric fails to understand what people really think”:

You ask what readers think of having their taxes increased instead of further cuts in education and health care. Because 48 percent of the people pay no taxes, the results of the survey will be biased.

Also the results of the survey would be quite different if public-employee salaries were to be cut.

But I agree that taxes should be increased, but not just for the rich but for all taxpayers. A $100 income tax filing fee (don’t call it a tax) would result in $144 billion in revenue over 10 years, or 10 percent of the debt reduction goal. This fee could be indexed to discretionary government spending so that when we want more government services, all would be paying for them.

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