Jerry Rogers on TPA’s TaxpayerWatch talking CFPB & the Philly Grocery Tax
Mayor Jim Kenney (D-Philadelphia) is pushing a regressive beverage tax which targets his city’s poorest residents. The Mayor claims his tax will raise $400 million to fund myriad government programs, including universal Pre-K. The problem is the Mayor’s plan is doomed to fail. It’s a false promise.
Education experts are unanimous on the point that the first and best teachers are parents and caregivers. However, the Mayor’s tax increase will force Philly parents to work harder and longer to pay their bills and taxes. Working longer hours means less time with their children.
Economists are unanimous as well in their analysis that if you want less of something tax it more. How will this tax raise $400 million if Philly’s richest citizens simply shop outside the city limits? The poor will pay higher grocery bills, but the well-off will avoid the tax all together. The result will be hardship for low-income families, and a huge budget shortfall for universal Pre-K.
Many of the Mayor’s fellow Democrats are calling his tax unfair. Bernie Sanders—progressive champion and Democratic presidential candidate —recently wrote in Philadelphia Magazine “… I do not support Mayor Kenney’s plan to pay for this program with a regressive grocery tax that would disproportionately affect low-income and middle-class Americans.”
Education experts, economists, and many Democrats agree the Kenney grocery tax is a terrible idea.
Mayor Jim Kenney (D-Philadelphia) wants to add universal pre-Kindergarten to the city’s public schools. However, the city is overtaxed and the schools are in distress.
The Mayor’s plan is to impose a beverage tax–3 cents per ounce–on the residents of his city. At a press conference announcing the massive tax, Mayor Kenney said, “… this is not personal toward Big Soda, but there’s a lot of money being made off the backs of poor people.”
Who will be pay the tax? Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, said that Kenney’s tax “unfairly hits poor people.” It’s Kenney who is seeking to raise money “off the backs of poor people.”
Experts in early-childhood care and education across the political spectrum agree that the first and best teachers for our children are parents and family members. However, Mayor Kenney has offered a tax scheme that will drain from families the earnings that would be better spent on quality child care, and cheat them out of the quality time devoted to their children.
Universal pre-K can be a worthy goal. However, it must be done right, not on the backs of Philly’s poorest families.
Click here to listen to our discussion of the mayor’s tax. We’re joined on The LangerCast by Michi Iljazi from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.
Andrew and Jerry were live from the Tea Party Patriots’ “Stop the Iran Deal” rally on Capitol Hill. They start off at the Hotel George, discussing the latest with Hillary’s email scandal and the latest “reboot” of her campaign. Then they break down the Iran deal, and discuss Democrat stalwart Leon Panetta’s op-ed voicing concerns with the deal–talking about the rule of law, and even tying it into the Kim Davis situation.
Then they go to the rally (where Andrew helped emcee) and interview… former Congressman Michele Bachmann, Matt Schlapp from the American Conserative Union, radio talk show host Mark Levin (interviewed, without introduction, by Jerry), Rep. Mo Brooks from Alabama, Rep. Lee Zeldin from New York, we get audio of Ted Cruz, and then Jerry and Andrew chat with a woman named Dierdre Flanagan, an Obama supporter, who tries to explain what the difference is between this “executive agreement” and a “treaty”.
We’re back from vacation, telling tales of Texas and the Beach. Andrew breaks down the greatest brisket he’s ever had, and talks about his visit with Mike Black, one of the brothers who founded Terry Black’s Barbecue, facing a legal assault from their unfriendly neighborhood trial lawyer. We talk about the President’s visit to Alaska, and the science of climate. Martin O’Malley is facing scrutiny from the state of Maryland (and the Washington Post) over his “purchase” of furniture on his moving day. We talk about the latest in Clintonland in our weekly Hillary Watch segment. Then we talk about European migration–and Jerry puts a human face on the crisis.
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Aloha from the Big Red Wave! Episode 32 of @The LangerCast is up! Andrew and I were live from the American Conservative Union’s Election Night Party.
A great cast of characters sat and paneled with us, helped us to break down the returns as they came in – and discussed with us solutions to issues and painted a picture of how the GOP might govern come January.