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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:48 AM
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Democrats aid Rhode Island's rich
Gov. Donald Carcieri proposed to eliminate the estate tax for all estates worth less than $1 million. The Rhode Island General Assembly rejected this measure, but by "only" raising the exemption level from $675,000 to $850,000. This is, of course, a familiar Democratic method of "stopping" Republican proposals--by partially implementing them. (Incidentally, fewer than 350 individuals were subject to any estate tax in fiscal year 2008, under the old level.)

We were correct to state that there is a flat tax option, and that it primarily benefits the very wealthy. The "normal" state tax system is progressive, ranging from 3.75 to 9.9 percent, as Farris says. But individuals may also choose an "alternative flat tax." Here is how the Poverty Institute of Rhode Island College describes it:

In 2006, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed the alternative flat tax which allows taxpayers to choose between paying the personal income tax rate and applying allowable deductions and credits or paying a flat tax rate which would apply to all income, without credits or deductions. The flat tax rate started at 8.0 percent in 2006 and will be reduced to 7.0 percent in 2008; it is scheduled to fall every year until it reaches 5.5 percent in 2012.

In other words, the alternative flat tax effectively reduces the top marginal rate by presenting the public with an "option" that only makes sense for the wealthiest households. Although the flat tax option costs the state tens of millions each year in lost revenues, the Democrats in the legislature will not touch it--since indeed, they passed it in the first place.

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Ulysses_The_Red Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:00 AM
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1. The end is typical ISOfail
Since when have the Democrats been the SECOND favorite party of the rich? They seem to do a pretty good job kicking my teeth in every time they get in office. Obama had way more Wall Street money than McCain.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:09 AM
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Ulysses_The_Red Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:13 AM
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3. I really wish I knew what this foolish emoticon was supposed to be insulting me for
but perhaps you can elaborate.
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