State of the State: 'Wind is at our back'
Gov. Ted Kulongoski endorsed a major cigarette-tax increase Friday to pay for universal health care for children and youths.
Clearly cigarette taxes are the most stable of all tax bases. I mean, it's not as if there are major campaigns to get people to quit or anything.
In his annual State of the State speech, Kulongoski also proposed stipulating that one-fourth of all energy sold in Oregon come from renewable sources by the year 2025.
A bone thrown to the eco-freaks. Kulongoski will be long retired as governor when this "deadline" comes around.
Kulongoski used his State of the State speech at the aptly named Governor Hotel to highlight his accomplishments during three years as governor and to offer campaign promises if he wins another term. Those included new proposals to expand health insurance and alternative-energy production, plus a rehashing of his plan to stabilize and increase school funding.
His accomplishments apparently involve telling people about the first part of his State of the State speech.
As for the school funding, his "plan depends on revenue growing by more than 10 percent every two years, without any new sources of funding."
*sigh* Let me name the "sources of funding" that government has:
That's it. They can take it in income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, cigarette taxes, gasoline taxes, cell-phone taxes, fees, fines, levies, surcharges, charges, adjustments or one of the many other ways they take money from us but there is only one "source" of this money.
Take a look at your electric bill, phone bill, water bill. All have taxes, charges, and fees that go to government. State officials see this as a different "source" than the money they take out of your paycheck. But it only means that you have less money to work with every month.