Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



The writer says businesses will pass along the expense of Metro's Measure 26-210 to the consumer in the form of higher prices.

I am so tired of hearing "only those who can afford will pay the tax." This is not true. Any expense a business has is eventually passed on to the customer or even to the employee. Taxes are expenses.

So yes, once again, I will be paying the tax. In this case it's the two new income taxes Metro has on the ballot, and at the worst possible time ever.

I saw a TV broadcast this week and the lady speaking said, "Business will write the check, but the customer and employee will pay the tax."

Those might not be her exact words, but that is exactly how a tax — targeted to the "wealthy" — filters to us.

Homelessness is troubling, for sure. But increasing prices and impacting wages is troubling too.

The Metro regional government's income tax, Measure 26-210, will be an increase on my grocery bill and have an impact on those of us that should be working and are already struggling with the financial dilemmas the COVID-19 shutdown has caused.

Unfortunately, I will be a no vote on Tuesday's ballot for the Metro income tax.

Stayce Blume


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