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Re: “Durham prepared foods tax

Mark Halpern argues that the prepared tax is regressive based on these statistics from the BLS about percent of income spent on prepared food:
Lowest 20%---5.2% of income on food away from home
Next 20%-----5.5%
Middle 20%---5.8%
Next 20%-----5.9%
Highest 20%--5.4%
Give me a break! These percentages are virtually identical, in contrast to the much more regressive nature of tax alternatives available to the city. This tax is small in magnitude and can easily be avoided by eating at home or bringing a bag lunch to work. Moreover, without Durham funding of the arts, the arts become affordable only for the wealthy. the projects admirably target affordable arts and recreation in parts of Durham that have been neglected. These are investments that help Durham become more desirable for our own citizens, for outsiders, and for employers who want to locate in an attractive city.

Posted by John Lynch on 11/01/2008 at 8:13 PM

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