LETTER: Tough time to raise taxes

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

We’ve listened to politicians and public officials on the national stage talk about shared sacrifice and fair share for well over six years now while seemingly insulated from the pain of a persistently weak economy. The federal debt is $17.1 trillion, wages are stagnant, the labor participation rate is stubbornly low and despite the passage of Obamacare medical costs are surging (and certainly not bending the cost curve as promised). In addition, the balance between the private and public sectors is grossly distorted and out of step with hard economic realities.

This is a very tough time to raise taxes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a senior living on a fixed income, a twentysomething just graduating, or a family trying to purchase groceries or save money for college, this economy just isn’t generating enough prosperity for ordinary folks to find more for the public coffers.

Since voters still determine priorities, I hope each will consider seriously whether or not we should expect more prudence, sacrifice, thrift, creativity, tough decision-making, and bluntness from our elected officials.

Edward Lane

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