Gary Rosen and a lesson learned

Posted: December 10, 2010 by datechguy in economy, local issues
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Gary Rosen is a colleague at WCRN whose show the RAVE will precede mine this week due to college Basketball (make sure you listen this week, he will be having Greg Fettig president of the Hoosier Patriots live in studio at 4 p.m. EST, listen online via the WCRN website here).

Today he has a column in Worcester Magazine where he talks about the city tax rate and some lessons learned:

Following the hearing, Worcester’s homeowners will thank the council for throwing them their annual bone, called the lowest residential tax rate. In the meantime, the frustrated and angry commercial sector will continue to wonder why it is the victim of our city’s business-punishing dual tax rate.

“But, Councilor Rosen,” you ask, “didn’t you join the large majority of your colleagues the previous four years and vote for the lowest residential tax rate for homeowners (a.k.a. the highest possible tax rate for Worcester businesses)?” Yes, I plead guilty as charged. However, I’m now suffering some regret as I see how shortsighted those four votes were.

Gary is what you would call an honest democrat, like many on the left he made his decision on taxes meaning well but on reflection he is having some second thoughts.

As they say Read the whole thing.

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  2. dahospitalityguy says:

    you are aware that businesses can simply raise their prices in order to make up the revenue difference that higher taxes cause. the cost is always passed to the consumer. businesses will not close simply because taxes increase and revenue dips by the amount of extra tax.
    Businesses are in the business of making money. When their costs go up they raise their prices.