I have just recieved the data on a centralized program of state taxation which is a poster child for the argument so many of you have been making about local control. This is the list of the dollars taxed to insurance companies, (which of course are just passed on directly to consumers), that is directly collected by that centrlized state government in Atlanta. It is then disbursed to all the cities and counties listed by formula which is set in statute.
In the interest of debate; I want to pose the rhetorical question:
Should the state immediatly discontinue this centralized taxation and disbursement scheme, thereby returning this tax money to the consumers who are paying it in their premiums? How can we trust that state government to actually do what is required in the statute?
It would seem to me that all of those with the local control issue as a guiding principle would agree that we should at once get rid of this tax and centralized disbursement scheme.
Could this be characterized as a HIDDEN TAX?