Monday, February 14, 2011

GOP bill would raise Kentucky sales tax

If Kentucky Republicans get their way, it's bailout time for the corporate empire yet again!

Class warfare has loomed large in the current session of the Kentucky legislature. Our Legislative Crap-Up of late has included nasty right-wing bills that would revoke pensions of hard-working public employees, and effectively bar the poor from living in Kentucky unless they pass a drug test.

Now a bill by State Rep. Bill Farmer (R-Lexington) would not only expand the sales tax to services but actually increase it from 6% to 7%. This same bill would also abolish Kentucky taxes on corporations.

Another job creation bill! Wait, it isn't. So where's the jobs bills the GOP promised? In the toilet?

Let's get this straight: Bill Farmer wants to increase taxes on Kentucky families so he can pay for getting rid of taxes on big corporations. Yes, I saw it too. This is actually a bailout for Big Business paid for by hard-working Kentuckians.

Meanwhile, a different bill - which would do the opposite of Farmer's bill by cutting most taxes for you and making corporations pay up for once - has almost no chance of passage. This despite the fact that it would net the state an estimated $480,000,000 in additional revenue.

The war on the working poor guides the Kentucky General Assembly nearly as much as it did the 104th Reich. Every few years, right-wingers take giant leaps towards starving the poor, but they never get it out of their system.