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Newman, Katherine S., 1953-
Taxing the poor : doing damage to the truly disadvantaged / Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O'Brien
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
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 3rd Floor  HJ2387 .N49 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Poor -- Taxation -- Southern States
Poor -- Taxation -- United States
Poverty -- Southern States
Poverty -- United States
Income tax -- United States
Sales tax -- United States
Physical Description xlviii, 212 p. : ill., maps, ports., charts ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-206) and index
Contents The evolution of Southern tax structures -- Barriers to change: inertia, supermajorities, and constitutional amendments -- The geography of poverty -- Tax traps and regional poverty regimes -- The bottom line -- Are we our brothers' keepers? -- How many lags of x? / by Scott M. Lynch
Summary This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. The authors argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California's passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. The book demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue, taxes that at first glance appear fair, actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place
Series Aaron Wildavsky forum for public policy ; 7
Alternate Author O'Brien, Rourke L., 1984-

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