Taxpayers' Watchdog Committee

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Thursday, February 11, 1999


Subject: Taxes and Taxes


Dear Editor,


With the surpluses of total revenue to both state and local governments, now in excess of governments' current expenditures, it is an excellent time for debt reduction.  Developing more schemes to plunder the taxpayer is not necessary. 


The continuation of compulsory taxpayer funding for the National Endowment of the Arts makes little sense at this time. In today's economy, if the art is not beautiful enough for people to spend their own money to see it, the low-quality artist might need to seek a different profession. 


On the state level, the Democrat-controlled House seems to favor increased spending over tax reductions.  We taxpayers wouldn't need so much help from government if we didn't have to send government so much of our hard-earned money to fund the excessively high tax bill government creates while it supposedly helps us. 


Interestingly, I have seldom met anybody who feels government knows how to spend his money better than he does himself.  Now would be a great time for property tax reduction.



Yours truly,



Floyd Coates, Chairman