Thursday, January 26, 2006

Update on Previous Posts

I heard on WMAL the radar detector liberation bill died in committee. Panel Kills Repeal of Virginia's Radar Detector Ban And it looks like Virginia is looking forward to becoming the tax everything state. Measure Streamlining Communications Tax Clears House So much for Virginia being the friend of technology.


At 1/26/2006 05:09:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

Why should cable customers pay taxes when DirecTV customers don't?
It would be different if there were no comm taxes or fees, but there are.
This bill just makes them all more fair. It is also a revenue neutral bill.
I dont see a problem with it.

At 1/26/2006 05:29:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

GOPHokie, In hadn't heard it was revenue neutral. If that is the case, I am not as upset. Where did you hear that?

At 1/26/2006 05:52:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

anytime any tax is rasied it is bad. Virginia is a tax and spend state.

At 1/26/2006 07:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To gophokie: why should we pay "air" tax, which is what satellite TV amounts to.

At 1/26/2006 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

gophokie I'm still stuck on the idea you shouldn't tax emerging technology because it will hamper its development.

Although satellite appears on par with cable most technologist think we've only cracked about 10% of it's potential.

At 1/26/2006 09:53:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

Well, I still say that the best response to this is an alternative bill removing the communications tax altogether, considering the revenue glut, but has anyone heard that any of our anti-tax people down there have made such a proposal? Alternately, I ALSO still maintain that there is nothing wrong with making the communications tax more equitable.

At 1/26/2006 10:57:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

I disagree with the notion that you shouldn't tax "emerging technology".

As soon as you chose to have government determining what is "emerging" and therefore untaxed, vs what is "established" and taxed, you have given government a job it is unsuited for.

If you are going to tax, tax everything equally, play no favorites, spread the burden to all comers, and let the market decide what emerging technologies deserve support.

We got VCR, DVD, Microwave, PCs, and many other technologies quickly.

Now, the government has taken a keen interest in alternative fuel vehicles, so therefore after 15 years and a billion dollars we have NOTHING. But hybrids are all over the place.

The government also really cares about HDTV and digital broadcast. We've therefore waited years, and now will be waiting a couple more years.

I take this too far talking about technology itself rather than simply about taxes. But anything that will eventually be taxed should be taxed straightaway, and if the taxes curtail business, let's lower the taxes and find another way to keep the budget in line.

Like for example, NOT establishing new commissions every year to regulate every part of our lives.

At 1/26/2006 11:06:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

The Washington Post added more info in the sunday addition.

"It's fair, it's balanced and adheres to the principles of taxes being as low as possible and broadly applied as possible," Nixon added. He cited statistics from the Council on State Taxation, a Washington research group, that found that Virginia has the highest telecommunication taxes in the country

Supporters said the taxes would raise the same amount of revenue -- about $425 million annually -- that localities now receive from local taxes and franchise agreements. The Virginia tax department said at the hearing Monday that it cannot predict exactly how much money would be raised from the new system. A new state law would not affect federal fees.

So it at least has the appearance of being a revenue-neutral approach. And how many people here would have guessed that our telecommunications taxes were so high? The way things are taxed now, it is very hard to tell exactly how much you are paying, but for many people a 5% tax will actually LOWER the total tax you are paying.

Now, why should you have to pay the government because you want to receive a satellite signal, or a cell phone call? Why should the people at ABC have to pay the government $333,000 for the privilege of giving $666,000 to a person who becomes a "millionaire"?

Isn't it time to start taxing things ONE TIME, fairly, across the board? Lets get the government out of the business of chosing winners and losers. Lets stop using taxes as a way to punish adversaries, buy votes, or reward contributers. Lets use taxes to simply raise revenue, and lets stop having the government act like the country's nanny.

At 1/27/2006 09:21:00 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

Well at the very least perhaps we could take all the telecom tax and earmark it for the fight against illegal immigration since original taxation on telecom were to fund the Spanish-American War. A war we thought we won years ago - but they still seem to be invading.


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