Hey Marty! 2+2 still = 4 in our math
Maybe this is why politicians waste so much money - they can't figure it out!
My wife and I read with interest a letter appearing this morning on
Virginia News Source from Marty Williams, a state senator from the
Peninsula regarding the sales tax increase. In it he challenged your
use of a "22% increase" when referring to the sales tax increase
being proposed by the November referendum, so we sat down with my
handy-dandy $10 calculator and discovered two things.
Your numbers are absolutely correct; his challenge isn't. We took
the proposed tax increase of 5.5% and from that subtracted our current
rate of 4.5% and were left with 1.0, which we then divided by 4.5. Our
answer: 22.22 % Pretty simple math. Or so we thought. But
we're not in Richmond spending other people's money. We're here in
Virginia Beach trying to make ends meet with what little is left of our
labors not taken from our local, state and federal governments. So
we figure tax increases the old fashion way, the way we were taught in a
classroom.... not the senator's boardroom.
Sen. Williams, the coverage given by Virginia News Source on the
November referendum only discusses the sales tax increase, none of the
other taxes and fees you mention. We fail to understand why you
mentioned them. We are talking about the tax increase proposed,
comparing apples to apples.
What is it about simple math you politicians don't understand? No wonder
we have a financial disaster in Richmond. Perhaps it's time to
replace the tax increase math wizards with some simple two plus two equals
four folks that have to balance their personal checkbooks.
Sorry Marty, but you failed our son's fifth grade math book quiz.
G.V.W. Virginia Beach, VA