Cindi Ross Scoppe

July 8, 2012

Scoppe: Legislative extortion

BY THE standards of our tax-cut-happy Legislature, slashing taxes by $60 million for doctors, lawyers and other small-business owners is the sort of thing you do before breakfast; it’s pocket change. What sets this year’s last-minute tax cut apart is that no one even tried to explain why taxing small businesses at the same rate as big businesses, and a lower rate than many individuals, was the biggest problem with our tax code (hint: it isn’t) — a problem so big that it justified reviving a discredited procedure that is nothing short of legislative extortion (hint: it didn’t).

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