Tax slack, please

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2003

The

city should question its tax policy. The high property taxes lead to really high rent for low-income workers, who tend to be young and movers of the economy. The sales tax, at 50 cents per 10 bucks, rocks the low-income people for groceries and essential living items. This all leads to liberal but not progressive local politics. Young people, both high school and college graduates, who love Alaska and are the future leaders, who are simply trying to make their way, who work hard, who can drive the economy with new ideas, these young people need to be figured in the scheme of Juneau policy. Alaska has an aging workforce, and many college-bound students don't come back home after graduating because of lack of opportunities. Where do we go? To the ice rink?

Ishmael Hope

Juneau



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