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Tax the rich



To the editor:

Regarding the city’s recent budget cuts, (The Chief, this issue), would it not be easier to put in place a 1-percent across-the-board tax increase on those making more than the average income, corporations and millionaires and billionaires?

Income disparities have increased significantly while the progressive tax has decreased for those at the top of the food chain.

I do not believe the city is broke until I see it, because officials have been crying broke for the last 10 years as one way to get concessions and givebacks from workers.

Education, public transportation, public safety and public health should are essential, benefit the most people and allow this city to keep running.

With a national unemployment rate of 3.5 percent and businesses reporting record profits we have to realize we must increase taxes on the rich and super rich if necessary. What would be more popular, a tax increase or the gutting of every city department? Also whatever happened to the record state and city surpluses of just a few years ago?

Celso Garcia


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