Jordan Cunningham’s column against a sales tax on services (“Tax on everything is brazen proposal,” Jan. 26) stated that a rational tax system should prefer taxing activities that impose external costs. So I went to the website of his organization, the Central Coast Taxpayers Association, to see what taxes it advocates establishing or increasing. Instead, all I saw was a laundry list of legislation and actions that the association opposes: a gas tax, the bagban ordinance, a split-roll tax initiative to modify Proposition 13, the recent increase in county supervisors’ compensation and a proposed ban on fracking in Santa Barbara County.
Perhaps Mr. Cunningham could be more specific about how California and our nation should raise funds to repair our deteriorating infrastructure. Or how we could infuse more money into higher education so that our state universities could get back to “state-supported” rather than “state-barely-assisted.” Or how we could provide some paid maternity and sick leave for workers and increase child care funding, as all other developed countries do.
I, too, would like to see a rational tax system, one that is strongly progressive and doesn’t favor those at the top of the economic ladder.