Another hidden TAX
October 20, 2012, 9:14 am
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I just learned that there is a movement afoot in the state of Texas to charge five cents on every drink container sold in our state. Of course once you finish the drink you can bring it back to the store for a refund of your nickel. Well how about schools, they use tons of water bottles, Gatorade and other drinks, how do they handle the increased cost, and the return of those drink containers to get the refund? Maybe we need to hire a drink management team in each school just to handle that burden.

How about the store where you bought your bottle of water? How many extra man hours will they need to process all the refunds and what do they do with the containers when they get them back? How much is this going to increase our grocery bills? I found out the hard way somebody else told me about this, and I found out that my county is one of the ones that has decided to support this TAX. Our politicians never think about the unintended consequences of their actions. They just see another revenue stream for their pet projects. This is another Lottery Scheme. Remember that the State Lottery was supposed to help pay for education, the money was to be set aside for schools. It wasn’t and it goes into the general fund where it is used to fund whatever the politicians can find to use it for.

I did not support the lottery because it was legalized gambling and a tax on our poorest citizens. Instead of buying a loaf of bread, buy a lottery ticket instead, you could be a millionaire. That is the state looking for your dollars to spend on their pet projects instead of on the education of our children. This boondoggle is even worse, the nickel gets collected by the store, then whatever is left over at the end of the week or month or whatever the time period is, the money goes to the state, never to be seen again. A VERY SNEAKY TAX. You are told how you are protecting the environment, when in reality you are lining the pockets of politicians so they can institute more boondoggles.

Here is another thing they don’t think about, people will be stopping their cars to pick up the bottles and cans discarded by those who don’t care. Those folks who throw their beer cans, and drink containers out on the side of the road will continue to do so. This is a safety hazard, people may by killed or injured by other drivers who aren’t looking out as well as they should. This is a real problem and needs to be stopped before it gets the kind of momentum it needs. Talk to your representatives and your county commissioners, don’t let this TAX become a part of our Texas landscape.

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