Shocking: The “Tax” Label Is a Plus

“Tax” is no longer at the bottom of the label barrel.  Proponents of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, http://octa2012.org/oregon-cannabis-tax-act-legislation/, just approved for the November 2012 ballot, deliberately put “Tax” in the title – but not in the Act.  The Act provides for a state monopoly to sell marijuana (and a state monopsony to buy it) – but no taxes.  Oregon doesn’t even have a sales tax.

Maybe it’s just that Tax sounds better than Legalization.  But maybe anti-tax hysteria is peaking.  Conservative Republican Senator Tom Coburn says that anti-tax advocate of drowning the Federal Government in a bathtub Grover “Norquist is increasingly isolated politically.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/opinion/a-greater-american-pledge.html

 


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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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