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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Sales Tax: It hits the poor harder 2013.02.20

Written by David Green.

There’s lots of talk in Lansing about changes in state taxes, most notably in the matter of maintenance for roads and bridges.

Gov. Rick Snyder made a proposal last year to increase the fuel tax, but that hasn’t been a popular choice. In the governor’s view, those who use the roads the most—those who buy the most gasoline—should contribute the most to maintain the roads.

Drivers are already upset with the high cost of fuel and they don’t want the price at the pump to go up even more.

Our state senator Bruce Caswell told city council members last week that about 95 percent of the people he’s spoken with favor a sales tax increase rather than a fuel tax increase. They would rather pay more for most everything they buy instead of more for gasoline.

We don’t doubt that the senator has heard overwhelming support for the sales tax increase, but we do wonder if the issue was explained clearly in his informal survey, particularly to lower income voters.

It’s very common for people to vote against their best interests. Sometimes it’s a matter of politics; other times it’s a particular “hot-button issue” that grabs their vote. Many lower income people support politicians who work hard to shift the tax burden away from the well-to-do over to the less fortunate.

A sales tax is known as a regressive tax because it’s more of a burden on low income people. An increase in the sales tax means everyone pays more for all the essential items, from clothing and cleaning supplies to vehicles and phone service. The sales tax paid by lower income people for essential items represents a much higher proportion of their wealth than for someone with a higher income.

When it’s time for Michigan residents to decide whether or not the sales tax should go up, we expect the vote will be in the affirmative. On the surface, it sounds better than higher gas prices, but underneath it won’t be the best for everyone.

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