Other Votes on Super Tuesday, I

By February 5, 2008Labor Unions

Not just presidential primaries and caucuses are being determined in today’s elections in 24 states.

From The American Spectator, the Prowler column (second item):

With an expectation that federal and state legislators will be looking to cut spending in the coming fiscal years, Big Labor — the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and AFSCME — are watching local telecom tax initiatives in California tomorrow to determine whether similar initiatives can be pushed out across the country.

“If we can get a doubling of people’s phone taxes by tweaking the legal language at the local level, it will mean millions of tax revenue, and revenue is going to be important for our membership across the country as localities and states look to cut across the board,” says an SEIU lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Voters in cities like Richmond, Pasadena, and Los Angeles are voting on “modernizing,” i.e., expanding telephone taxes on non-voice services. More from The Los Angeles Times. City leaders fear “depleted coffers.” What a funny journalistic turn of phrase.

“Hi, honey. Say, let’s go out for dinner tonight, someplace nice.”

“Oh, better not this week. Our coffers are depleted.”

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