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Bulletin, Recorcl, Progress,ve, Reporter Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Where will harmful 'race to the bottom' taxing end? Wouldn't it be nice if the government paid you on Tax Day? I'm not referring to getting a tax refund because you overpaid the federal government or a safety-net benefit labeled as a tax refund under the Earned Income Tax Credit rules. I mean an actual payment from the U.S. Treasury. Done laughing? Great. This really could happen, but with corporate-tax bills, not your personal 1040. Yes, we may very well see the day when Uncle Sam spends more money pandering to big companies than it receives from taxing them. In the past half-century, corporate tax dollars have plunged as a percentage of the economy and as a share of total federal revenue. The effective corporate tax rate is less than half of what it was just a few decades ago and WI-m00 I STAND BOB LORD VETERAN TAX LAWYER now hovers at 12.6 percent, roughly one-third of the official 35 percent rate. Calls to slash the corporate tax rate, or even scrap this tax altogether, span the political spectrum. Proponents justify this on the basis of "tax competition," the battle among nations to attract giant corporations or discourage their departure. The term "tax competition" is a euphemism for a race to the bottom among nations In both the developed and developing world. Each country slashes its corporate income tax rate in an attempt to lure multinational corporations to base their operations there, or at least dissuade corporations already based there from relocating. The idea behind reducing or eliminating the U.S. corporate income tax, then, is simply a tactic to win the race to the bottom. Reduce the corporate income tax rate in the United States, or drop this tax altogether, and the exodus of multinational corporations from America will stop and even flip. If we shrink the corporate income tax rate to zero, the logic goes, no country can outbid us. Or can they? If America is willing to reduce its corporate income tax rate to zero, why can't another country move to a negative corporate tax rate that outright pays corporations to set up shop? Why are zero-corporate-tax proponents certain that the maximum bribe a country would offer to a multinational corporation is a zero tax rate? Say, for example, after our government reduced its . corporate tax rate to zero, Canada sought to lure a Minnesota-based outfit across the border. Could the Canadian government up the ante by offering that corporation a share of the income taxes paid by Canadians employed by it after its relocation? Or could the Canadian government simply offer the corporation a direct subsidy for relocating? The race to the bottom that states have run for years makes the answer to those questions a resounding yes. By engagingin "tax competition," state governments have decimated their tax bases. Not only have Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina and other states slashed tax rates for corporations, they've engaged in massive giveaways in a futile attempt to lure businesses to cross domestic borders. They and their political subdivisions have agreed to property-tax exemptions, job-trainIng subsidies, low-rate municipal bond financing and dedicated infrastructure spendIng. They even have agreed to pay to corporations a portion of the income tax revenue they receive from employees of those corporations. According to the organization Good Jobs First, our states collectively fork over about $700 million each year in state Income tax revenue to corporate America. The premise behind proposals to pare or kill the corporate income tax is preposterous. Other countries can move to a negative tax rate just as quickly as we can move to zero. And when other countries move to a negative tax rate for corporations, who will stop Uncle Sam from followIng them? There is an alternative: tax diplomacy. A new treaty could stop multinationals from pitting governments agaInst one another in a never-ending hollowing-out of the global tax base. Otherwise, we may just ffmd ourselves taking the tax dollars we pay as individuals, which should be used to build schools, roads and bridges, and handing them over to corporations on Tax Day instead. Bob Lord, a veteran tax lawyer and former congressional candidate, practices and biogs in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an Institute for Policy Studies associate feliow. Distributed via Other Words.org. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must cotztain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmanald@plumasnews.com. Editor's note: With the local primary election scheduled for June 3, Feather Publishing will not print ..... election-related letters in the May 28 paper unless they are a rebuttal to a May 21 letter. Feather Publishing will not prInt letters about candidates that we consider to be too personal or in poor taste. We reserve the right to edit letters to remove personal comments or unsubstantiated claims. Thanks neighbors. I recently had a long day trying to get my overloaded old truck back from Reno. In the course of that afternoon I was assisted on two separate occasions by CHP officers from the Portola Resident Office. Officers Matt McCurley and Cory Wilmer were very helpful, courteous, and professional. I benefited greatly from their "motorist assists." Neighbor Vicky Anderson went out of her way to help complete my little roadside adventure before nightfall. Thanks again neighbors. Eel Powell Chilcoot Great DMV experience I never thought I would like a DMV experience! I recently bought a car and was jumping through the hoops of the car-buying process. Going to DMV was high on list, but I was not looking forward to it. Eventually, I gathered up my paperwork, a good book to read and was ready to sit it out. To my surprise and delight I found the experience extremely efficient, friendly and humorous In a good way. The DMV personnel were able to see the big picture and demonstrated it by asking each person as they walked In the door what they needed so they didn't have to sit and wait. I noticed most customers just needed a form and were on their way. They were very respectful and approachable and it was obvious they might actually like their jobs. They worked quickly and efficiently and were able to answer many complicated questions the customers brought to their desks. We are fortunate to have such positive and professional customer service in our small rural community. Kind of makes you want to buy, sell or trade a vehicle, just to get In the door! Shelley Morrison QuIncy Dual residency? At the first debate wheh Mr. Judd was asked if he intended to move his business from Sonoma County to Plumas County he stated quite strongly that he would not. Now he wants us to vote for him as our Supervisor, yet all the money he enjoys is derived from his business in Sonoma County .... --. so mh for bringing jobs to Plumas County-- eh? Further, how did he manage to live here for 14 years and yet put In his bid as a candidate for a seat in California's 6th Congressional District which encompasses all of Marin and most of Sonoma Counties? I've heard of dual citizenship but dual residency which would allow a candidate to run for an elective office In the district of either abode In which one resides -- umh? I don't think so. Aurora (Rory) Leveroni Graeagle The following letter was originally sent to California Highway Patrol Commissioner, Joseph Farrow on May 8. Feather Publishing agreed to the author's request to run it as a Letter to the Editor. Dear Commissioner Farrow A proposed venture between the California Highway Patrol and the Plumas County Sheriff's Department to build a new joint facility and jail was scuttled less than a month ago by your office. The reason given for your decision was that too much time and money had already been invested to make it feasible to work with "Plumas County or any other agency" on this project. We find this explanation, on its face, to be shallow and less than forthcoming. We strongly suggest and implore you to reconsider your decision. Not necessarily change, but reconsider it. After all, the idea of this collaborative effort between the state and the county has been endorsed by State Senator Ted Gaines, Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, your own local CHP Commander, Lieutenant Joe Edwards and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Even the Governor of California, the Honorable Jerry Brown, stated he was in favor of the State and County working together to save costs. As we are certain you remember, a few short years ago there existed a contentious relationship between many citizens of this county and some of your local officers. After a series of meetings and open communication, both sides' concerns were respectfully expressed and considered. We are extremely pleased that, in our opinion, through these meetIngs and honest discussions, the relationship has been repaired and, in most cases, strong mutual respect now exists between both parties. Why not follow that successful model again? We are asking for nothing more than a little additional time, with productive dialogue, on this important issue. If there are compellIng reasons this venture will not, or cannot, work, please tell us. We are certainIy willing to listen and learn. Thank you for your time and consideration. SIncerely Jim Jadd, Jr. Clio The evil CDFW I am deeply concerned about an Invasive, non-native species that has been damagIng my beloved Plumas County lakes and forests. I speak, of course, of the evil life forms that are known as the "CDFW." Reading of their secretive plan to murder our healthy and well adjusted brook trout that have been getting along swimmIngly for over 100 years in Gold Lake (in the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area), I fn'ed up the Hot Line, gathered the members of my local group, and did a comprehensive survey of the forest areas that are being impacted by the state's murder plan. The results are worth sharIng. First of all, we all know that there are zero yellow-legged frogs in or anywhere near the lake. But did you know there are zero frogs of that type anywhere withIn hopping distance? It seems that the Plumas population of such frogs (9 as of 2005) were all "Bd-positive." Their symptoms included lethargy and "failure to thrive." In 2006 they all decamped for Hetch Hetchy, where they could recline on their lily pad couches and wait for their government checks to roll in. I guess we had better shut down the water supply to San Francisco. We also interviewed the brook trout in Gold Lake (yes, we speak Brookie) and, after saying, "Please don't let the outsiders kill us," they shared a couple of facts. It seems they have shared Gold Lake with other native trout for many decades. As will happen, sometimes over the strenuous resistance of fish-parents, they found aquatic love and Intermarried. This formed a new, native population that is now at risk of death by bureaucrat. We must win against the forces of evil. How can we prevent this Kafkaesque future? Please notify the Sacramento Bee and other media outlets, tell every late night comic on the national scene, and inform your political office holders at every level that this Theater of the Absurd death panel must not stand. Then join our local group BROOKIES -- which stands for Beleaguered Rural Opponents Of Killer Infantile Enviro Scientists. There are no dues, we just ask that you keep fighting the good fight against those who would destroy Plumas County and our beloved brook trout. with the help of Henry Johnson. Lorrie Bennett was responsible for the unusual costumes. Stephenie McMorrow was responsible for the vigorous dancing, scene by scene throughout the musical. Luke Barnes conducted the orchestra with a sensitive touch, supporting the performers. Terry Gallagher was the overall director, practically giving over her life from January through May I Ith to the roaring success of this wonderful show. One last word, which I really must mention. Just before the first performance, Terry broke her leg on the hiring another County Administrative Officer to focus his work on economic development. Jeff Engel now believes that the county can't afford CAO and will continue the hands-on management of his local business, a supervisor and the CAO. Jim Judd is the candidate that has the fortitude to take the positive steps to do the work that the board has not got done. Heis living the first step of an economic development plan. He has his primary residence in Plumas County. He supervises the operation of his manufacturing business in Sonoma County. His wisdom comes from an education In the college of hard knocks. Stan Thompson stage. You can imagine the He will till our soil to ,: - : " GraeagIe : good-humo,odjhes she: had , "increase population by Engle has my vote I have known Jeff Engle for 30-plus years. He is an honest man, hard-working guy and really does care about what happens in this county. Jeff is from a good family and has raised a good family. He has been a positive influence in this area already: both personally and business-wise. He also grew up here and has roots here, which I think is an important thing to consider when electing a supervisor. Jeff has what it takes to make great things happen In this end of the county. Vote for JeffEngle on June 3 -- Supervisor District 5. You won't be sorry. Douglas K. Gissibl Blairsden A wonderful show From May 7 through MaY 11, the Quincy Town Hall Theater rocked with drama and-music and the shouts and applause of very entertained, enthusiastic audiences. There were wide contrasts. During the unfolding of the ancient fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, audiences experienced pathos, comedy, romance, dark drama and the best of fairy tale endings. The cast came from Genesee to Portola and points in between. The ages of the cast were from nine to eighty-seven and those in between. The audiences varied as well, from three-year-olds to great-grandparents. The small children were so into the story that they had to be assured that this was drama and no one was hurt. In fact, the mother and grandmother of a child requested that Jack Kuipers, who played Gaston, speak to their three-year-old before Thursday's performance to reassure the child that he was alive and very healthy after Wednesday's performance. Jack was most gracious and accommodating, putting the child at ease. Jeff Bryan was responsible for all the compIicated sets to suffer about breaking a leg before a performance. Perhaps she didn't give an arm, but she certainly did give a leg to the show. Salvatore Cataiano Taylorsville County needs Jim Judd This year we have lost 1.3 percent of our valued community members. Plumas County is still one of the few counties in California experiencing negative growth. Supervisor Jon Kennedy is back working In Sonoma County. Much of his work has been taken over by others. June 3 is the day that voters can take positive steps to improve our community. District 5 Supervisor's position has two candidates that have experience in buildIng successful businesses. Each have different perspectives that separate them as candidates. Jim Judd is recommending developing businesses. It is an alternative to budget cuts or increasing fees and taxes. We know where he stands. Jim Judd's support of the fiber-optics or Rec and Tech was a positive step to move Plumas County into the 21st Century. It is an asset to property owners and businesses. He voiced his concerns for the economic impacts in protecting the yellow-legged frog and removing fish in a Plumas County lake. He has the ability to articulate his concerns to the public, to other business owners, to the board, or to Sacramento and its agents. From where I stand, Jim Judd is the positive step that Plumas County needs as a supervisor and a decision-maker. Larry F. Douglas Portola See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., I Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228,3954; TTY/TDD: II (202) 224-2501. Distrct Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 I Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMaffa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. ! STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916)324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center:. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center:. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.