I lived in Chicago for 6 years, and I thought about it, but could only
remember the two lane alley in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall.
I suppose there were bowling alleys, but I can't remember any from
1964 to 1970, and I drove a cab for a year, all over the city. Plus
I had a car for 3 years, although I never went bowling.
We lived in NY (Long Island, not NYC) for several years and have no idea
to what you are referring. Of the 8.5% ST, 4% went to the state and the
rest to the county, but the taxes were not cumulative.
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 17:15:18 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
There's also an entertainment tax, but that's true in many states, and
NY has a lot more entertainment.
There's also a hotel tax. Is that the same as the entertainment tax?
Regardless, I think the hotel tax is everywhere, and NYS has more
reasons to visit.
NYC has a local surcharge on the state income tax iirc, but that sort
of thing is elsewhere too, I don't know how much.
The Maryland sales tax is up to 7%, having been raised 1 percent
during a special sesssion last December which some said was illegal.
I miss NYC. It's a great place.
Not really, at least in my state Walmart has the special hotline to get
the government to pick our pockets to pay for ultradeluxe corporate
welfare. They get free building sites, free infrastructure etc and a
nine year tax exemption. When the nine year tax exemption is running out
wally calls the hotline so they can move across the street to restart
the nine year tax exemption. In my area we are now moving the third
wally all of 1/8 of a mile. We pretty much had to level a mountain for
them. All this because they "create jobs"...
Contrast this with someone I know who has a good business plan and is
growing in leaps and bounds and is mostly constrained by funding. He
actually creates real jobs with actual benefits (Walmart gives
instructions on how to sign up for welfare and free medical) and he
can't even get a reduced rate loan to help move to a new building. And
this is by no means an unusual case.
I believe you are employing the wrong concept. "Pork" is excessive
spending tacked onto legislative bills.
If I am correct in what you are charging, the proper terms are "graft"
and "corruption" - public officials taking bribes "under the table" from
someone to benefit the perpetrator with their legislation.
That's another, whole, different thing.
I doubt that Walmart is involved in such chicanery: There's no need.
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