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Old February 10th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Default Fireworks tax

The Star Bulletin had this article today about a bill in the state Legislature that would place a 50% tax on the sale of consumer type of fireworks.

A poll is attached to this thread, it's worded on the general concept of placing a tax on fireworks as opposed to the specific wording of House Bill 887 which might change in the course of the legislature session. This is an one choice, public poll.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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Bad idea, to me.

It would be as if the gubment's taxing it at multiple levels. Stores already have to get a permit to sell it. Consumers pay the 4.167% on it. Enough is enough. I hope whatever legislators sign it will have the bill blow up in their face (pun intended). And what a way to just create a more lucrative black market.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 07:15 PM
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Sounds like an attempt to squeeze more revenue, considering they define the "special fund" with so little detail. We don't need another study on effects of fireworks on children under 18. This would just simply encourage the fireworks black market to grow.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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As long as it includes the major leaguers that wake up the whole neighborhood at 5am, I'm all for it.
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As long as it includes the major leaguers that wake up the whole neighborhood at 5am, I'm all for it.
That's the problem. The "Major leaguers" are probably using illegal fireworks. Illegal is going to be tax-free.

I see this as driving people to the black market. It's only going to make things worse, not better.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:19 AM
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I see it as another sin tax-- like gas, alcohol, & tobacco.
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Question Re: Fireworks tax

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As long as it includes the major leaguers that wake up the whole neighborhood at 5am, I'm all for it.
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That's the problem. The "Major leaguers" are probably using illegal fireworks. Illegal is going to be tax-free.

I see this as driving people to the black market. It's only going to make things worse, not better.
It seems Ron’s main concern is noise. In that case, I would beg to differ with your assessment. Illegal fireworks consist almost solely of aerials, some of which are nearly as silent as a sparkler. The loudest fireworks are in fact the most taxable: firecrackers (in fact, they are already taxed in the form of a $25 city permit). By no means am I taking a personal position on the tax issue. I’m still debating the pros and cons, namely, what would such a tax be used for?
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