Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

4 responses to “Learning to Love Taxes”

  1. jgardner

    “Why doesn’t the media call this the education investment bill?”
     
    Are you telling me that even though the state spends $15k per pupil in education that they need to spend more? That $375k per classroom (assuming 25 students) isn’t enough?
     
    “Elizabeth Warren … once famously said of taxes”
    The problem with Elizabeth Warren’s rant is that she ignores the fact that businesses don’t operate in a vacuum. The people who work for those businesses also pay taxes that fund those same things. Those businesses exist because they are successful in providing goods and services that people wanted to buy, by definition raising their standards of living, and because of that success, they should pay an even greater share of their income in taxes.
     
    “But despite the preponderance of evidence showing that taxes are, in fact, a good thing,”
     
    Could you please provide any such evidence because I’m interested to see how “good” is defined.
     

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  2. PinkHatLib

    “Are you telling me that even though the state spends $15k per pupil in education that they need to spend more? That $375k per classroom (assuming 25 students) isn’t enough?”

    That depends on the students. How many are ESL? How many have learning differences? How effected are they by poverty or other issues at home? Simply putting 25 students like these in a classroom can be a significant disadvantage.

    Try this one:  What do the elite private schools cost in this state? Why? Isn’t $15k per pupil enough?

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    1. jgardner

      “That depends on the students…”
       
      All good points which would seemingly support a more individualized education system, which is the antithesis of the status quo that labor unions and most politicians are in favor of.
       
      “What do the elite private schools cost in this state? Why? Isn’t $15k per pupil enough?”
       
      And parents can ask that question. If they’re not satisfied with the answer, they can remove their child from the school in question. That means schools must continually justify their prices by providing a quality product. Public schools aren’t subject to those same forces.

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  3. DogDiesel

    I don’t hate taxes but I know that if no one objected, government spending would spiral out of control and has. No one has created more hate for paying taxes than government through it’s inefficiencies, outright fraud, and cronyism.

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