The SA Council of Social Service (SACOSS) has just released a report, Taxes and the South Australian Election, which sets out the extent of the challenge of restoring state revenues to be able to fund vital services. SA is not a high tax state, and economic growth may not deliver a sustainable revenue base, so there are clear challenges for all political parties contesting the 2014 state election.
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Taxes and the SA Election
Overhauling the Tax System
Professor Richard Blandy’s proposal to remove stamp duty and replace it with a land-value tax, similar to or on top of council rates, seems doomed (City North Messenger, January 15), but we still need to overhaul our state tax system.
Holden’s departure and SA’s increased unemployment figures led to calls last week to reduce payroll tax. Business leaders claimed that South Australians face the second harshest state taxes in the country and that this stops our state attracting investment. Maybe?
Promises Shouldn't Affect Vital Services
A key question which will run right throughout the state election campaign is whether the state government – no matter which party - have enough money to provide the vital services that we all want and need: the schools, hospitals, roads, police as well as critical support for vulnerable members in our community.
Poverty is not just a state of mind
Poverty can very quickly find its way into our lives and the reasons may be way beyond our control. They may be, as the Holden example illustrates, simply because our economy is changing and the jobs that you are trained for disappear. But it could also be that sickness or injury or caring responsibilities mean you can't do the job you used to do or you simply can't do the only jobs that are available.
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