Taxes and tax cuts

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Climate change forced its way onto the political agenda in 2012, as Hurricane Sandy ripped through the northeast United Stages just days before the election. And while action remains frustratingly slow, extreme weather disasters in the billions of dollars are making a statement that politicians can no longer ignore. The costs of our addiction to fossil fuels are starting to pile up, and we cannot afford to keep dithering.
Debates about taxes in BC can be as much a blood-sport as politics. But a major new opinion poll conducted by Environics Research (commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) offers some surprising insights into what people of different political stripes think about taxes, inequality and public services. It turns out we aren’t nearly as divided on these issues as you might think. On the whole, British Columbians appear ready to approach issues of tax reform – and even tax increases – with more openness than our political leaders give us credit for.
HALIFAX, NS – The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce believe it is time for the Province of Nova Scotia to take a serious look at eliminating property taxes. They are calling on the province to undertake a study into the potential for a shift from municipal property taxes to municipal income taxes as the principal source of municipal revenue.
OTTAWA—Canada’s tax system is in dire need of reform, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). According to the study, by CCPA economists Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova, ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously weakened the redistributive role of Canada’s tax system at a time when market inequalities call for more, not less, redistribution.
(Vancouver) The BC government likes to boast that our province has the lowest personal and corporate income taxes in Canada, but a new report says that’s nothing to be proud of.
(Vancouver) An opinion research study released today shows the public is ahead of political leaders when it comes to tax policy. It finds most British Columbians — regardless of how they would vote in a provincial election — are in favour of changes to BC’s tax system to ensure everyone pays a fair share and to enable new or enhanced public services.
Can you identify a tax policy that is so ineffective, wasteful, inequitable, and cumbersome that political parties, think-tanks, and non-profit organizations across the political spectrum have spoken out against it? This is a tax policy so universally maligned that opposition to it has brought the strangest of bedfellows to snuggle up and get cozy. Let’s start with a list of the groups whose leaders or journals have decried the policy as an utter failure. Don’t peak yet… Can you guess the policy as you read the list?
“Where’s the money coming from?” That’s the question thrown at any individual or group seeking increased funding for Medicare, education, child care, or pensions; for more battered women’s shelters, more social housing; for a genuine effort to eliminate or at least reduce the rates of poverty and homelessness in Canada. The presumption underlying this question is not only that the federal government really is strapped for cash, but also that the Canadian economy is failing to generate enough tax revenue to support an adequate social security system.
In recent months there have been demands from many quarters that the Manitoba government increase the provincial sales tax by one per cent and turn over the roughly $265 million in proceeds to local governments for infrastructure projects.