Archives for August 10, 2012

Harry Reid’s Source is a Republican

Ryan Grim:

A top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) provided new details Wednesday on the identity of Reid’s source for the claim that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years. Romney has since called on Reid to release the name of the source.

“This person is an investor in Bain Capital, a Republican also, and somebody who has been dealing with Romney’s company for a long, long time and he has direct knowledge of this,” said Reid aide Jose Parra, referring to Romney’s tax returns.

Romney told ABC News that he would check his records to determine if he ever paid a lower rate than the 13.9 percent he paid in 2010. Despite requests from the network, however, Romney has yet to provide the information.

The Incidence of the Easton Commuter Tax

John Stoffa opposed the Easton commuter tax because he said it would deal him a bad hand in negotiations with public sector unions over pay raises next year.

If the County ends up increasing workers’ pay to cover the cost of living increase, the true incidence of the tax increase on County workers would fall on Northampton County taxpayers.

As someone who likes progressive taxation, that seems like a clear win to me. The median Northampton County taxpayer is wealthier than the median Easton taxpayer. It’s a progressive redistribution.