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#31 Magehart

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 05:57 PM

I just drive to New Hampshire for big purchases. 'Necessities' like groceries, clothes, shoes, and American flags are tax free in Massachusetts.


Wtf? We get taxed on clothes and shoes here in Cali. I'd love to not be taxed on those.
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#32 depascal22

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 06:27 PM

Indiana is sitting at 7%. And this state can't get any redder even though it did flip in the national election last year.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:08 PM

It varies in Texas...

Austin sits at 8.25% ;)

To whomever said Florida doesn't have a sales tax... uh, perhaps you live in the boonies or something but when I lived in Orlando it was 6.25% iirc. Florida (and Texas) don't have state income taxes, so that might be what you're thinking of.

#34 Liquid 2

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:36 PM

You're my hero.

Really, this thread only exists because people don't realize that actions have consequences.

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#35 dmaul1114

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:26 AM

Yeah, that's still a pretty low sales tax. And pretty much every state is having budget issues and raising taxes, furloughing and laying off state employees etc. etc. Not just democratic states.

The economic crises has just hit state budgets hard.

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#36 BillyBob29

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:14 PM

8.75 sales tax here but we are seeing all kinds of little taxes increases like on auto registrations and the like.

#37 The Crotch

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:32 PM

Woah, hey.

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Dmaul, didn't you leave these boards?

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#38 dmaul1114

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:37 PM

For quite a while. Got fed up with the site and had no time for boards in general for a few months while I was finishing up my Ph D. That's out of the way so I'm back to boards for the time being albeit in a more limited sense and doing my damnedest to not get into long debates etc.

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#39 daminion

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:06 PM

At least Massachusetts doesn't tax clothing that is under something like $175.

#40 Magus8472

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:30 PM

Makes me wonder how long Oregon will continue with no state sales tax.

Hell, Oregon residents don't pay sales tax for most things (basically everything except gas and restaurants) in Washington state either.
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#41 freakyzeeky

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:36 PM

9.75% here in Cali... did I win? :D

#42 The Crotch

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:51 PM

Not as long as there are Canadians on the board, comrade.

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#43 Sporadic

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 11:24 PM

Oh snap. Florida doesn't have a sales tax!

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wat? it's 6% here

#44 Cheese

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:47 AM

A bit simplistic. I would prefer this:

state has lots of money
politicians like to pay off favored groups with state money to help themselves get reelected
politicians run out of other people's money to spend
politicians need more money to buy reelection with
state raises taxes to get more money, except on politicians' favored constituencies


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#45 neschamp

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:28 AM

OP, you have it better than people in many other states right now. As said earlier in the thread, Illinois is a mess. Chicago is over 10% and surrounding towns are on the cusp of that. The state budget is a fucking disaster. All kinds of state funded/subsidized programs are getting shut down. I qualified for a good amount of state grant money for school this year, but the money wasn't there to be allocated. No MAP grant for me. :bomb: They were more than happy to loan me the difference though.

Education is the most powerful tool an individual can have in attaining some level of success in this country. It's pretty sucky that government incompetence is serving to be yet another obstacle for people trying to get a degree.
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#46 irideabike

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

Education is the most powerful tool an individual can have in attaining some level of success in this country. It's pretty sucky that government incompetence is serving to be yet another obstacle for people trying to get a degree.


lack of free money for school =\= government imcompetence

#47 neschamp

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:35 PM

lack of free money for school =\= government imcompetence


Actually, those two things are in direct correlation. The lawmakers in Illinois have been notoriously inept with budgeting the tax money brought in each year. (Corruption is a huge issue here as well.) They spout off about the emphasis they want to put on social services and education. It doesn't really amount to anything.

What are the first things they look to downsize when trying to "fix" their budget? Social services and schools. As a result of the bullshit budget cuts, after school programs that keep kids off the streets in bad neighborhoods have been shut down. Counseling centers for families and students are greatly restricted. Sizeable chunks of money are lopped off public schools operating budgets. Available grant money disappears for the year. I could go on and on. Illinois is right up there with California as far as stupid ass spending goes.

You want an example of the thing they spend otherwise useful tax money on instead? Removing that douchebag Blagojevich's name from all the Illinois toll plazas. I don't even want to imagine how much that all cost.
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#48 cochesecochese

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 02:31 AM

Does MA get a tax free holiday this year?

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#49 elprincipe

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 06:14 AM

Like the Bush tax cuts?


Yes, at least partially. Just like most programs or policy changes proposed by Republicans and Democrats.
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#50 elprincipe

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 06:16 AM

You want an example of the thing they spend otherwise useful tax money on instead? Removing that douchebag Blagojevich's name from all the Illinois toll plazas. I don't even want to imagine how much that all cost.


Don't worry, they probably have put up tons of taxpayer-funded Obama campaign signs as well ("This construction funded by the Recovery Act™!").
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#51 cochesecochese

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:16 AM

You bumped a ten day old thread and couldn't even answer my question?

Man. That's just weak.

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#52 elprincipe

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:25 PM

You bumped a ten day old thread and couldn't even answer my question?

Man. That's just weak.


Hey, I was on vacation. Sue me. And I don't live in Taxachusetts :D
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:30 PM

Does MA get a tax free holiday this year?


No, I don't believe we did. I think a few individual stores were running a weekend sale to try to make up for it the weekend before the tax increase.
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