Robert Foster on Tax Reform
Eliminate Mississippi's personal income tax
Republican candidates for Mississippi governor agreed on many points during the first debate of the 2019 campaign season, each saying he would make a long-term commitment to increasing teacher pay, improving highways and bridges
and making health care more affordable.
Foster said Mississippi should eliminate its personal income tax and increase the gasoline tax to help pay for infrastructure. "Everybody needs to pay as they go," he said.
Source: MS Business Journal on 2019 Mississippi gubernatorial race
, Apr 1, 2019
Sales taxes are best; poor pay more but are taken care of
Q: You say you oppose the franchise tax as regressive, in favor of excise-sales taxes. Sales taxes are regressive taxes too, though. Wouldn't they disproportionately hurt the poor because they would be paying more for basic necessities like groceries?
A: Well, you could make that argument. However, when the economy starts to do better--which I know it will because economically it will unleash our economy on a different level--then the poor will be taken care of. You can argue that it will affect them
more because they'll have to pay a little bit higher sales tax, but they're also getting their money to buy their groceries from the government anyway, so it's kind of a moot argument to me to say that it's going to hurt them when we're taking care of
them anymore. We have to have a strong economy in order to afford to take care of them. And so, if we want to make everybody's lives better, we have to get a tax system that makes the economy grow, because when you do that then everybody benefits.
Source: Jackson Free Press on 2019 Mississippi Gubernatorial race
, Feb 6, 2019
Excise and sales tax, rather than income and property tax
Now, more than ever, we must position ourselves to be more economically attractive and job friendly to employers wanting to start or expand their business here. We can accomplish this by allowing them to
become part of the solution, rather than just benefactors of our education efforts and by moving in the direction of a tax policy based on the premise of excise and sales tax, rather than income and high property tax.
Source: 2019 Mississippi governor campaign website Foster4MS.com
, Dec 31, 2018
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