Thursday, April 09, 2009
Let's Make It An Indy Tax Increase Only
Sen. Luke Kenley tells reporters today that he plans to amend his CIB bailout plan to limit the alcohol tax increase to a Marion County-only option, subject to the approval of our City-County Council. The alcohol tax is paid at the distributor level, thereby increasing the product price for retailers. When you add the sales tax and food and beverage tax to those higher prices, the problem for restaurant and bar owners is compounded. Area distributors are already handing out anti-tax signs which local bar owners are happily posting in their establishments. I'm also picking up indications that there is little or no support for these higher taxes among Republican City-County Councilors, some of whom may begin openly rebelling against Mayor Greg Ballard if something doesn't give real soon. Mayor Ballard needs to have a Plan B. Hopefully, it will be a plan that reflects the sentiments of the people who elected him to office unlike this bone-headed plan put forward in the Senate by Sen. Luke Kenley. Remember, Mr. Mayor, the Republican Party is supposed to be against taxing and spending our way out of these sorts of problems. If we wanted this type of solution to the problem, we would have re-elected Bart Peterson.