Here is a map provided by the Center for Disease Control that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each state. Guess what ours is caused by? "Legal Intervention." That means death at the hands of the police. Nevada is in the same boat. Click on the map to make it bigger.
Well meaning Bio Park supporters have decided that the poor should pay for the rich in supporting these great local facilities. They are starting a referendum effort to raise the gross receipts tax to fund the Bio Park. Of course this is the most regressive tax around and will hit the poor much harder than the rich. We can blame this situation on the fact that Mayor Marty Chavez started taking the city's share of the property tax for operational purposes instead of using it to fund capital improvements through bond issues. And of course Mayor Berry just continues to be an ineffectual leader in fixing anything. I would vote for a bond issue to do this, but give a big thumbs down on a gross receipts tax, especially after the Bernalillo County Commissioners raised it because of their incompetence at being financially responsible. We must stop making the poor pay for everything.
I don't mind paying taxes at all. I just want the rich to pay a progressive tax.
P.S. The new Max Max movie is the best of all of them!