Free Markets, Free People

How hungry are governments for tax revenue?

Hungry enough to tax minimum wage employees for their “free” (or reduced cost) restaurant meals in Michigan:

Although it may be “free,” that’s not stopping some legislators from attempting to tax it. State Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, has introduced House Bill 6214, which would tax free meals employees get while working at restaurants and food establishments.

Can anyone think of a better example of a tax which would hit those that can afford it least? One of the few benefits of working what is usually a minimum wage job is the server or worker is allowed one free or reduced cost meal a day. When working for the wages the restaurant industry usually pays – especially in fast food establishments, that helps a bit.

Making them pay the sales tax on the meal probably won’t break them, but it is a direct tax on what Democrats always call “the working poor”. The party that contends they’re the champions of this class are taking a run at squeezing a few more pennies out of their pocket – at least in Michigan.

It also places another collection and book keeping demand on the business. That isn’t “free” either.

Michigan, of course, is a state in which government has essentially failed, is significantly in debt and is looking for any sort of revenue it can scare up.

What’s next, taxing the dead for the privilege of being buried in the state?

~McQ

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12 Responses to How hungry are governments for tax revenue?

  • ‘Cause I’m the taxman,
    Yeah, I’m the taxman.

    (if you drive a car, car;) – I’ll tax the street;
    (if you try to sit, sit;) – I’ll tax your seat;
    (if you get too cold, cold;) – I’ll tax the heat;
    (if you take a walk, walk;) – I’ll tax your feet.

    Taxman!

    • “What’s next, taxing the dead for the privilege of being buried in the state?”
      In line with you Neo – I was thinking of the following verse – same song –
      “and my advice for those who die,
      declare the pennies on your eyes.
      ’cause I’m the taxman,

      yeah yeah, I’m the taxman
      And you’re working for no-one, but me

  • How About:

    Air Tax:  Since the government, state and federal, spends considerable amount of money in keeping the air clean and/or making it cleaner, there should be some offset for all of you mouth breathers.

    H2O Tax:  The same can be said for clean water.

    Poop Tax #1:  The state has considerable monies dedicated to public restrooms and they should be allowed recompence.

    Poop Tax #2:  The state also has consideable assets in wastewater treatment plants.  Meters will be established in every toilet designed to measure the load per occupant and tax that person accordingly.  (Note: Extra large objects will be assessed a Feces Overage Surcharge.)

    TP Allocation:  Toilet paper conservation will be mandated.  TP allocation will be limited to one sheet of TP per occupant.  This will be known as the “Sheryl Crow Allocation” in honor of her conservation efforts.

    Foot Tax:  Walking is a priviledge, especially on sidewalks.  Special pedometers will be issued to all adults (18 or older) and they will be carried and registered regularly with the State Footway Agecy for the collection of walking taxes from the amount of walking one does.

    Exceptions:  All Union members and Erb will be excepted from the above mentioned assesments.  They can keep all their shit to themselves.

    • Poop Tax #2:  The state also has consideable assets in wastewater treatment plants.  Meters will be established in every toilet designed to measure the load per occupant and tax that person accordingly.  (Note: Extra large objects will be assessed a Feces Overage Surcharge.)
      Don’t laugh but some municipalities have sometime much akin to this, they meter the water going in to a house to determine how much load they put on the sewer .. even on homes using a well.

    • How about a “Sex Tax” .. the next best thing to a requiring a “child license”

  • And I thought that the gubbmint was reaching when they had the roof tax…

    State Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing…

    Why do democrats hate poor people?

    I also have to wonder about Meadows or the staffer who thought this up.  What’s next?  Taxing people for company picnics?  The cake on the boss’s birthday?  The free pens and pencils they use on the job?  Water fountain tax?  JEEBUS!!  What if they… OMG, it’s too horrible to contemplate!  What if they have a… a… a… Coffee tax????

    / sarc

    Quite aside from the horrible politics of it, who in the hell sits around all day doing nothing but thinking of newer and better ways to scew Americans out of a few more dollars???  Oh, wait… I know this one!

    democrats.

    • To provide all those services you ‘demanded’ – even if you didn’t demand them dammit!  They’re good for you!

    • Hysterics.
      Like a addled druggie desperate for their next fix…

  • The Feds did the in the late 70’s and early 80’s. A lot of restaurants and clubs supported this because it let them write of what otherwise would have been wasted food.

  • This proposed tax flies in the face of the Michigan advertising trying to lure businesses to the state.  These ad’s are all over CNBC and Bloomberg.  Somehow, a counter ad showing Michigan taxing a low paid restaurant worker would pretty much kill the investment Michigan has made in trying to lure business to its state.    Left hand, meet right hand

  • What’s next, taxing the dead for the privilege of being buried in the state?

    Shhhh… don’t give them any ideas!!