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Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
Topic - Mark Robyn
When Mayor Vincent C. Gray's budget team sifted through revenue-generating ideas for the coming fiscal year, they placed them in "yes" or "no" piles and let the executive choose among concepts "on the bubble," his budget director said.
Virginia retailers can sell clothes to customers tax-free this weekend, a move expected to boost the local economy temporarily.
Mr. Robyn said the holidays add complexity to tax collections, distort individual buying decisions and amount to government meddling in the market to benefit a segment of consumers — policies enacted more for winning elections than tax equity.
"Policymakers and lawmakers like to say there's a big economic benefit from sales tax holidays, that they boost sales and are a great boom for business, ... but it's mostly just an illusion," Mr. Robyn said. "Studies have shown that sales tax holidays really just shift the timing of purchases."