Category: Taxes

Noted Pirate understands basic economics better than Democrats

Who could have seen this coming?

Seriously, did anyone see this coming?

(The Blaze) Target announced two years ago that it would raise the companywide minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2020, winning plaudits from progressives and advocates for an increased minimum wage.

Now, with just one year before Target is scheduled to hit the magic $15 mark ($13 is the current minimum wage), it turns out that raising the minimum wage has impacted many Target employees in the exact way that opponents of mandatory minimum wage increases predict.

CNN Business spoke to numerous current and former Target employees who revealed their hours at the retail giant have been cut since Target announced its push to increase the store’s minimum wage, which for many employees means they lose their health insurance benefits. Target offers health benefits to employees who work more than 30 hours per week.

One employee, Heather, told CNN that when her hourly pay rate increased, management cut her total work hours.

“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”

Other employees, Caren and Michael, told CNN their hours were cut substantially. Caren said she lost her health insurance — forcing her to quit her job — while Michael has had to pick up a side job just to make ends meet.

William Teach, the noted pirate I spoke of speaks TRUTH to POWER!

There are two choices when raising wages in a situation like this: cut hours or increase prices. Start raising prices and people go elsewhere.

It is called reality!

Then they taxed your meat!

The greedy left, or as Animal calls them, Slavers!

Some idiots are thinking that a sin tax on red meat might be a good idea.  My reply:  Fuck off, slavers.  Excerpt:

The idea is still in its infancy and faces a lot of opposition from farming groups, but it’s emerging as a trend in Western Europe, said the research group. If taxes gain traction, it could encourage more people to switch to poultry or plant-based protein and help drive the popularity of meat substitutes.

“The global rise of sugar taxes makes it easy to envisage a similar wave of regulatory measures targeting the meat industry,” Fitch Solutions said. However, “it is highly unlikely that a tax would be implemented anytime soon in the United States or Brazil.”

In Germany, some politicians have proposed raising the sales tax on meat products to fund better livestock living conditions. A poll for the Funke media group showed a majority of Germans, or 56.4 percent, backed the measure, with more than a third calling it “very positive” and some 82 percent of voters for the environmentalist Greens in favor. Similar proposals have been introduced in Denmark and Sweden since 2016, Fitch Solutions said.

Goldsmiths, University of London, announced on Monday that it’ll stop selling beef on campus as part of a push to combat climate change. The decision was met with opposition from the U.K.’s National Farmers Union, which said it was “overly simplistic’’ to single out one food product as a response to global warming.

The biggest issue, the most fundamental issue is this is, as Animal notes antithetical to American principles

Not only is this a stupid idea – the very concept of a sin tax is utterly antithetical to a free society.  The very concept of liberty – actual, honest individual liberty – requires that free citizens live free of coercion, whether the coercion comes from a street-corner thug or government.

Go read it all

Illinois to tax electric vehicles

Greedy! Pirates Cove explains

This has EV owners (who are so often upper middle class and people considered “rich”) Very Upset

Illinois might start charging $1,000 per year to own an electric vehicle: ‘It’s outrageous’

A proposed hike in Illinois’ annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.

“It’s outrageous,” said Nicoletta Skarlatos, 56, of Chicago, who bought a Tesla Model S five years ago. “I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV ownership.”

Aimed at raising money to make overdue road improvements across Illinois, the proposed legislation would also more than double the state’s gas tax to 44 cents a gallon and raise the registration fee for standard vehicles to $148, from $98, among other elements.

But the kicker is a nearly 60-fold increase in the electric vehicle registration fee — one that is sure to cause sticker shock across a nascent segment of the auto industry, which has depended on government incentives to entice early adopters.

And the left calls us greedy?

Sacramento, the Stupid City

Animal looks at the taxes the morons who run Sacramento are considering

Sacramento just never runs out of stuff to tax.  Excerpt:

But in California under Democrats, it’s tax, tax, tax — a drip and a drop, nickel and a dime — all the time. That’s not a political statement. It’s a fact.

Not all taxes are evil. Some are justified. But many are unwarranted. And others are eye-rollers.

There are a whole bunch of taxing ideas in the Capitol: on new tires, firearms, water, prescription painkillers, lawyers, car batteries, corporations based on their CEO pay, estates worth more than $3.5 million, oil and gas extraction. The list goes on.

The oil and gas extraction tax is long overdue. We’re the only major oil-producing state without one. It would raise an estimated $1.5 billion a year.

The California Tax Foundation has counted more than $6.2 billion worth of tax increase proposals pending in the Legislature. It expects the figure to grow substantially as bills are amended with details.

And, these idiots will spend more, far more, than they raise, and then come looking for tax increases or new things to tax.

Connecticut to tax those who adopt stray cats

They are so greedy

The more Democrats tax, the more of our money gets shoveled into the bonfire that is Big Government, the larger the fire grows, the more taxes are required to keep it fed. This vicious cycle has degenerated into liberals taxing everything conceivable in areas where they have achieved dominance. A case in point is the Connecticut cat tax:

A bill in the State Senate could lead to a new cat licensing law that has been dubbed a “cat tax” by Republicans.

S.B. 999 would institute a $15 adoption fee for dogs, cats and other domestic animals bought from an animal shelter. The annual licensing fee would be $10 for neutered/spayed dogs and cats and $15 for unneutered/unspayed animals.

The Humane Society of The United States submitted testimony against the bill. Public compliance with cat licensing is low and the licensing fee could lead to more community cats being euthanized, said Annie Hornish, the human society’s Connecticut senior state director.

But, but, those politicians need money because CORRUPTOCRATS!

California cannot get any dumber can it? California Governor Gavin Newsom: “Hold my beer!”

Marxifornication strikes again

Simply put, the government of California is out of control. In total, the state added 1,016 new laws to the books in 2019, including a silly “straw ban,” intrusive requirements for children’s menus and yet another minimum wage increase. At virtually every level of Californians’ lives, state policymakers are ready to step in and interfere. From the cradle to the grave.

Now it seems the new governor, Gavin Newsom, is anxious to make his own contribution to the ever-expanding role of government in our lives by taxing some of our most basic necessities in an unprecedented power grab.

In his ineffable wisdom, the newly elected governor has proposed a statewide tax on, of all things, California’s drinking water. Newsom plans to dedicate the new tax revenues to programs to help communities clean up contaminated water sites. Improving the quality of drinking water may be a worthy goal, but the water tax proposal is a case study in the failures of progressive policymaking.

Nuclear Grade Stupidity!

Marxifornia moving to tax sodas

Why the heck not, they tax everything else. Expect the idiots running Cali into the ground to pursue taxing taxes soon

The bills include a ban on “Big Gulp”-style sodas, warning labels and a prohibition on displaying sugary drinks in the grocery checkout aisle. They reflect a long-standing legislative push to address concerns over the health effects of sugar on young people, as well as Democratic lawmakers’ lingering anger over the soda industry’s political maneuvering.

“We have an incredible public health crisis. Obesity and diabetes are at alarming rates, driven by the deception of Big Soda,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “And certainly what happened last year didn’t help.”

Yes, I am sure MORE taxes, will fix it. i am sure those dollars will help. Help politicians to get richer