President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

April-May, 2018

 
 

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CARMA PRESIDENT
CHUCK MISAK


 

 

“IF IT STOPS MOVING, SUBSIDIZE IT.”

The Virginia Gazette had some excellent articles on the recent sales tax increase. I’d like to add to that information.

A most puzzling issue is why the affected taxpayers were not afforded the opportunity to comment on this proposal. Even the York BOS, the JCC BOS and Williamsburg City Council didn’t get a vote. How did this program end up being a matter for the General Assembly vs our local government officials?  This tax issue affected only JCC, York County, and Williamsburg. Of course, General Assembly members outside of these three entities are going to vote for it—they will be getting business from our taxpayers who will drive to their businesses and save 1%. 

James City County itself spent $1.9M last year for market tourism. That’s a lot, and for what?  I would love to believe that more marketing is going to solve a $55M/yr. deficit.  It is my supposition that more and better focused marketing is going to struggle to solve the immense  financial issues CW faces. Looks like they must change their business model.

Next, what justification is used to require citizens to subsidize a losing organization? I’ve heard the justification that it is a government responsibility as CW has thousands of local employees and we must support them.

Which of course means that taxpayer monies are being use to subsidize an established, financially failing organization. So when Anheuser-Busch InBev starts losing money, do we subsidize them? Yes, I recognize the difference between the organizations, but it’s the same principle.

I think the last phrase of a quote from Ronald Reagan was taken as some type of guidance by the promoters of this perfidious tax. He stated that governments’ view of business and taxation was:

          IF IT MOVES, TAX IT; IF IT KEEPS MOVING REGULATE IT;
          IF IT STOPS MOVING, SUBSIDIZE IT.     

Delegate Brenda Pogge will be our speaker in April. I’d suggest this may be one of our more interesting meetings. Our luncheon will be on a Friday this month—20 April-- as Brenda could not attend on Thursday. See you there.

Our best wishes to one of our finer gentlemen, Donn Gorman, as he fights his way through major kidney problems and dialysis.

 

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See you on FRIDAY, April 20th, when Delegate Brenda Pogge will be presenting a legislative wrap up for us.

 

 

CHUCK MISAK

March 20, 2018