Mixed reaction to bag tax plan

Mixed reaction to bag tax plan

There are 13 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Apr 15, 2010, titled Mixed reaction to bag tax plan. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

Given their struggles to close a $154 million budget gap, some Vermont lawmakers' ears perked up this week when they heard a proposal for a tax on plastic grocery bags.

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Vermont transplant

Middlebury, VT

#1 Apr 16, 2010
Why should the consumer be taxed?? Tax the store that provides them. I rememeber when stores started using them everyone was so HAPPY. Now it is a total about face and who pays again us the taxpayer who is scraping by. Thay automatically give you those plastic bags unless you bring your own or ask for paper and there have been several times when I ask for paper they don't have any. This is just another way of getting our money with taxes without raising our taxes. They just create a new tax. How about we just get rid of the bags all together. I too reuse them for trash bags for my smaller cans but if it is going to save me money I canlive without them
Kim

Rutland, VT

#2 Apr 16, 2010
Where will it end? For the past 2 years all I hear and read from my service providers is "due to the increased cost of doing business we will be raising our rates". So now they've passed the increased cost onto me. What about the increased cost of living? I have cut my personal budget to a record low and still they keep coming at me. I shaved nearly 40% off my electric bill, something I should have done regardless. So what does CVPS do? They raise the rate. I pay even more attention to how much gas I use, I only buy food on days that I am already at work and often don't even drive at all on my days off.(I live 4 miles from town) When running errands I plan my route to avoid back tracking. I cut idling and avoid Main Street where the traffic lights just burn more gas. What happens? The price of gas goes up. Have you even checked the new rates at DMV? The cost of working keeps going up and up and who can afford to have a job much longer? Then who will their tax?
So I say to the State and Federal Government, YOU cut costs for a change. Stop thinking that we are an endless fount of money. My pocketbook is empty.

Since: Jan 09

Underhill, VT

#3 Apr 16, 2010
To Kim CVPS is a good example there was even a article where it said if people cut their use they must raise rates because of less usage. Look at in state of Vermont 14 years straight number of students has gone down yet cost keep going up higher than inflation rate. As I like to say this is what we want as Vermonter's keep electing the tax and spend Democrat's. Did you see that what a employer pays for a person's health care will be income and now pay income tax on it. Do the math on that one. Let use show our support Re-elect Senator Leahy And repesentative Welsh. After all they can always raise taxes more Vermont is # 1 in counrty but America is not # 1 in the world
Kim

Rutland, VT

#4 Apr 16, 2010
Maybe if only tax payers were allowed to vote, income and property / school, then maybe we would be able to get rid of the dead wood politicians serving their own causes for 36 years. Why should those who don't contribute decide how our money is spent? For that and many other reasons you will not see this registered Democrat voting for either of them.
As for CVPS if there is less usage shouldn't their expense go down? So why raise rates?(Rhetorical question.)
CLW

Bennington, VT

#5 Apr 16, 2010
Just think without government who would think of ways to spend our money.
The Brattleboro Informer

Florham Park, NJ

#6 Apr 16, 2010
Kim wrote:
Maybe if only tax payers were allowed to vote, income and property / school, then maybe we would be able to get rid of the dead wood politicians serving their own causes for 36 years. Why should those who don't contribute decide how our money is spent?
Kim, you make a good point.

Since: Jan 09

Underhill, VT

#7 Apr 16, 2010
Kim wrote:
Maybe if only tax payers were allowed to vote, income and property / school, then maybe we would be able to get rid of the dead wood politicians serving their own causes for 36 years. Why should those who don't contribute decide how our money is spent? For that and many other reasons you will not see this registered Democrat voting for either of them.
As for CVPS if there is less usage shouldn't their expense go down? So why raise rates?(Rhetorical question.)
"only tax payers" But what would be the cut off. Would it be direct or indirect? People who rent do not pay direct taxes/ Loop holds allow some rich to pay no taxes: Best way to get rid of politicians is TERM LIMITS America was not set up for people to be politicians forever. Started out public service was a honor and a chance to give back to the country. Not a contest to get elected and to become rich. Need 1 smaller pay if can not be a success at something and able to support yourself why trust you with other's money; 1a No pension 2 All speeches after out of office free 3 never be a lobbist
Kim

Rutland, VT

#8 Apr 16, 2010
I should have written income and / or property taxes, that was my intent. Renters must pay income taxes,with out an income they could not pay rent. So they would qualify based on a W2. I don't have all the answers or many at all for that matter. If I did maybe I should run for office. Yes, term limits are crucial.
Learned One

Pawlet, VT

#9 Apr 16, 2010
Kim wrote:
Maybe if only tax payers were allowed to vote, income and property / school, then maybe we would be able to get rid of the dead wood politicians serving their own causes for 36 years. Why should those who don't contribute decide how our money is spent? For that and many other reasons you will not see this registered Democrat voting for either of them.
As for CVPS if there is less usage shouldn't their expense go down? So why raise rates?(Rhetorical question.)
Thanks for the wisdom, Kim! Let's vote LEAHY OUT OF OFFICE - talk about dead wood!!
Kim

Rutland, VT

#10 Apr 16, 2010
I and many others I know will be voting this year, as I do every year. (I don't feel right complaining if I can't bother to vote.) We will NOT be voting for Leahy, among others. The man rudely refused a free copy of the US Constitution indicating he knew what it said. Well if he does he certainly has no intention of using it as a guide for how he conducts our business. They forget who pays them, who they work for. Let's show them at the polls.
TruthTeller

Williston, VT

#11 Apr 18, 2010
Kim wrote:
I and many others I know will be voting this year, as I do every year.(I don't feel right complaining if I can't bother to vote.) We will NOT be voting for Leahy, among others. The man rudely refused a free copy of the US Constitution indicating he knew what it said. Well if he does he certainly has no intention of using it as a guide for how he conducts our business. They forget who pays them, who they work for. Let's show them at the polls.
I see you are person -- who doesn't want to know the facts or use them in your thinking. Do you really think a man who is a lawyer, who served Vermont as one for years and is one of the most honest people in Washington -- really needs your copy of the Constitution to know what is in it?

If you don't like the way things are, then don't vote for the republicans again!
A Jackson

Middlebury, VT

#12 Apr 18, 2010
Vermont transplant wrote:
Why should the consumer be taxed?? Tax the store that provides them. I rememeber when stores started using them everyone was so HAPPY. Now it is a total about face and who pays again us the taxpayer who is scraping by. Thay automatically give you those plastic bags unless you bring your own or ask for paper and there have been several times when I ask for paper they don't have any. This is just another way of getting our money with taxes without raising our taxes. They just create a new tax. How about we just get rid of the bags all together. I too reuse them for trash bags for my smaller cans but if it is going to save me money I canlive without them
Well, when the consumer is helping to cause the problem, ya, they should be taxed. Just like at the transfer station when they dump off garbage, etc. Consider it a deposit, like on cans. There are too many free lunches out there, and this is one.
Kim

Bennington, VT

#13 Apr 18, 2010
TruthTeller wrote:
<quoted text>
I see you are person -- who doesn't want to know the facts or use them in your thinking. Do you really think a man who is a lawyer, who served Vermont as one for years and is one of the most honest people in Washington -- really needs your copy of the Constitution to know what is in it?
If you don't like the way things are, then don't vote for the republicans again!
truthteller, you know absolutely nothing about me. Certainly not enough to state that I don't know my facts. And obviously not enough to know how I voted.

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