Taxes. Is it a personal responsibility to pay them? Or is it merely legalized theft? And once paid, what kind of “right” do the taxpayers have in how the money is spent? And does it matter HOW the tax is levied- are some types of taxes more “acceptable” than others?
The Special Committee on Texas Tax Structures is taking public comment on ways to better fund the state. (NOTE: Be sure to read the You Decide: Voices of Texas in Chapter 11 of the textbook.) Specifically, they are considering reducing or eliminating the sales tax, local property taxes, and introducing an income tax.
Two members of the committee: Senator Hamilton and Representative Jefferson are two key members- but on different sides of the issue. Senator Hamilton believes we need to never have an income tax and that sales and property taxes are fair and responsible ways to fund the government. Representative Jefferson thinks that a basic progressive income tax coupled with a 50% reduction of both sales and property taxes will ensure long-term stable financing of the government- and that is the more responsible way to serve the people.
Your letter needs to be to either Hamilton or Jefferson. The following items need to be discussed in your letter:
Assignment: You will write a 1000 word letter (with emphasis being in the 1000 word area) to one of the committee listed above explaining your position concerning the issue of how to fund the state. You will then explain, as a citizen, your position on the following questions: