Monday, September 27, 2010

Yes on I-1107 - Put an end to a lunatic tax scheme in Washington State

The Washington State Legislature is a prime example of what is wrong with American politics.

The Washington State Constitution states that sales tax on grocery store food (exception soda pop, beer, and wine--- hard liquor is currently sold only in liquor stores) is not legal in Washington State.  This was upheld on appeal by the Washington State Supreme Court in the 1970's.

This year because of a budget shortfall, the first action of the state legislature was to over turn the voter mandated 2/3 majority to raise taxes.  It is allowed by the Washington State Constitution that the legislature can over turn a voter mandated initiative two years after it was voted in by the people (so much for what the people want)

After the legislature over turned the 2/3 majority the people voted for giving the socialists (democrats) the majority, they decided to do an end run around the state constitution and redefine what is food and what is not food in order to balance the state budget.  They finally agreed that candy and water was not food and voted to tax bottled water and their definition of candy.

The clowns in Olympia decided on this definition of candy:
"Candy" is a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners combined with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings and formed into bars, drops, or pieces. Candy does not require refrigeration, and does not include flour as an ingredient.
 By their idiotic reclassification of what is not considered food, some granola bars are considered candy (their definition of "non food") while twixt candy bars and licorice are considered food items (both contain flour)  By their definition, beef jerky is considered candy (contains sugar and no flour) and not a food item while donuts are considered a food.

Sample of their ridiculous tax scheme:

It gets better than this  --- SOME (but not all) beer and soda pop now has an extra tax (they were already taxed) while other soda pop and beer are not taxed  - based on how much the company sells a year.

Tax is being collected on items that their definition calls food - and the state says "oh well" .  Their entire tax scheme is biased, violates the state constitution, and hurts small businesses throughout the state of Washington.  Even dried fruit with sugar added such as fruit leather is considered candy and so it the famous Aplets & Cotlets and they are taxed under the illegal legislation - but Nestle's Crunch candy bar is considered a food so it is not taxed.

Bottom line:  Grocery store food tax is not legal in Washington State.  The state legislature did an end run around voters and the state constitution to get this passed. The only ones who support this tax are the organizations that want money from the state and are afraid of losing their funding - they do not care about Washington State or the state constitution all they care about is their narcissistic little selves and the funding they demand from the state of Washington - typical socialists wanting more socialist programs (and money) in spite of what the law says.  The state sales tax (on non food items) could have been increased without violating the state constitution but the socialists want to tear the constitution down at the state level as well as the federal level.

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