10 State Taxes That May Be Coming Your Way

As states scramble to fill coffers, lawmakers are getting creative in dreaming up new ways to tax you.

Kiplinger tracked down 10 of the zaniest state tax laws that could be homing in on your wallet any legislative session now:

*Shoe repair — The Pennsylvania state legislature is looking to add a 6 percent sales tax to the service.

*Watch repair and tailoring — New York is considering taxing both at 4 percent.

*Bowling — 26 states are already taxing the pseudo sport and several more, including Nevada and New Mexico, are looking to join the fray.

*Golf — Kentucky wants a 6 percent sales tax on greens fees.

*Pool cleaning — Indiana wants to join several other states in adding a 6 percent sales tax to what you pay your pool boy.

*Gym memberships — Alabama wants your license to sweat to cost 4 percent more.

*Horseback riding — Arizona aims to make horse owners pay 5.6 percent more to board horses on farms.

*Interior decorating — Oregon, Colorado and New Jersey want to tack on anywhere from 2 to 6 percent in taxes on pro interior decorator services.

*Large vehicle rentals — Louisiana may add a 4 percent tax to rentals of buses or large trucks.

Check out the source link for a slide show and more detail on the taxes. Is your state legislature cooking up anything similar?

10 Surprising Ways Your State May Tax You Next [Kiplinger]
(Thanks, Laura!)

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  1. Rocket80 says:

    Do they just pick these things at random? I mean, clearly governments claim the right to tax whatever they want, however much they want, so how do they come up with these?

    • redskull says:

      Judging by the inclusion of a watch repair tax, I’d say yes, they’re picking them at random.

      • Orv says:

        I don’t think it’s random. I think they’re picking businesses that don’t have strong lobbies.

      • krom says:

        Honestly, who repairs a watch these days? The wide majority of people buy new ones.

        But really, think about that — who repairs a watch?

        • zibby says:

          Yeah, that watch thing is an attempt at a rich-people only tax. If you have a Timex and it breaks, likely you’ll just toss it. If you’ve dropped four or five figures on a watch, you’re damn right you’ll get the thing repaired. Doubt it will create any substantial amount of revenue

        • Daemon Xar says:

          I do. My dad has a watch that was issued to him when he was in the Air Force. It has great sentimental value, but is a highly complicated mechanical (read: self-winding) watch. It had been in a trunk for twenty years without use, so it wasn’t functional. I had it repaired as a Father’s Day gift. I’m hardly wealthy.

        • SenorBob says:

          Wow. You really said a mouthful. Americans would rather buy cheap crap and throw it away than buy quality and get it fixed.

          Also, battery replacement falls under watch repair. Are you really going to throw away that perfectly good watch just because the battery is dead?

    • wrjohnston91283 says:

      I think many of these are businesses losing their exemption from sales tax, rather than a NEW tax being created (to the consumer, its the same thing, since we end up paying X% more either way).

      If that’s the case, I don’t see why ANY of these items should be exempt (maybe Gym memberships since they could be considered “health requirements??”). Most of them are related to luxuries (golf, horseback, interior decorating).

      • krom says:

        It’s interesting to me the mindset that says taxes shouldn’t be risen on something that had no tax in the first place.

        I mean, rarely do you hear anti-tax conservatives say we should completely eliminate sales taxes (oddly enough that argument comes more often from the liberals!) , but when it comes to applying sales tax to something that previously got special treatment, the cry is to maintain special treatment instead of spreading the tax evenly.

        A lot of things start out exempt from sales tax because they are a new product or service that most closely fell under an exempt category, even though it ended up being sold as something rather different. Bottled water — we’re talking like Evian — is a good example. Since it is “food” it got exempt from taxes in a lot of places. But it’s hardly on the same par as, say, fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s mostly a luxury and convenience item. Should it remain exempt from sales tax because it’s “food”?

      • bwcbwc says:

        True this. The reason you only see certain businesses hit by sales tax on their services is because of the intense lobbying that goes on to create loopholes. Otherwise the states would sales tax everything.

    • evnmorlo says:

      All it takes is one legislator to be insulted by the look a horse gives him and he orders a bill to be written.

    • krom says:

      No, they do it based on 1. how much revenue could it generate and 2. how much will the market for that service/product bear, though also 3. if they think the tax on it can get enough support to be passed — and in some places, like my state, whether it would survive a referendum challenge.

  2. Kohl's Retail Monkey says:

    Eugh, taxing gym memberships in an already obese culture? Not cool.

    • obits3 says:

      Agreed, it is hypocritical to talk about the public health and then tax things that encourage the public health.

    • norma stitz says:

      My thoughts exactly. They should tax food in those states and give tax credits for gym memberships.

      http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-07-01-most-obese-state_N.htm

      • ExtraCelestial says:

        I was JUST about to comment the same thing. Shouldn’t they be making a healthy/active lifestyle as easy to achieve as possible?

        DC charges 10% tax for fast food and restaurants

    • Damocles57 says:

      They should tax the steroids and other “supplements” purchased at the gym, not the actual gym membership.

    • Papercutninja says:

      Uhm…obese people don’t go to the gym. If they did, they wouldn’t be obese. If they did, 4% is meaningless.

      The 3 people in Alabama who go to a gym were quoted as saying “Meh”, when informed about this new tax.

      • Daemon Xar says:

        Unless they’re trying to stop being obese . . . but by all means, assume that overweight people are all lazy and can’t possibly be trying to change.

  3. MuffinSangria says:

    Just wondering. If someone is under contract with a gym, how to they add the tax? The monthly rate is usually spelled out for the duration of the contract.

    • danielem1 says:

      I imagine they’ll add it without telling you just like the ridiculous taxes on telecom bills.

    • JMILLER says:

      I would bet if you read the contract it would have a provision regarding taxes. Even without it, since the way taxes are set up, it does not change your contract. The gym would be acting as an agent for the state and required to collect. It is similar to a mortgage company collecting property taxes in escrow.

    • qwickone says:

      Your monthly rate is before taxes

    • SenorBob says:

      My contract says my rate is $44.95 plus tax. Right now California doesn’t charge sales tax on gym memberships, but the contract leaves room to add it later.

  4. qwickone says:

    I don’t get why they would tax things that people do to save money (shoe and watch repair). People seeking these services are probably trying to save money anyway – why would you add taxes to those people??

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      Sigh. It’s what they do. Figure out who might not be paying as much, and get them to pay.

      • qwickone says:

        I realize taxes are just to fill coffers, but those items just seem mean-spirited.

        • scratchie says:

          Plus: Shoe repair? How many people even wear shoes that *can* be repaired any more? That business hasn’t been thriving for 20 years at least.

          • Orv says:

            Expensive shoes can be repaired. This may be why it’s a target for taxes — it may be viewed as a service mainly used by well-to-do people.

            • qwickone says:

              Ok, I didn’t think of it from that perspective. I do only get my really nice shoes repaired and it just so happens they were more expensive.

            • newfenoix says:

              No. It is being done because of the lack of tax income from the sale of new shoes. Many states have higher taxes on vehicle repair, etc. Arkansas charges personal property tax on EVERY vehicle EVERY year. This tax must be paid before you can renew your vehicle license. Although the vehicle license in Arkansas averages about $25 and there is no inspection requirement, the property taxes make up for any savings. It costs me $185 a year to keep our two vehicles licensed and inspected here in Texas. In Arkansas the figure would be about $600, most of it in taxes. You have to pay this tax on boats, motorcycles and every other vehicle that has to be licensed or registered.

          • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

            I always get my boots resoled when needed. My wife has had leather stretched and repaired on her shoes too. A good pair of shoes or boots can last a very long time.

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            My dad has heavy leather boots he wears in his shop, and takes them to the Amish to be resoled when necessary. So much cheaper than buying a new pair of steel toed work boots. Good shoes can be resoled.

            This whole thing is strange – so now here in PA you won’t pay tax to buy the boots, but only to fix them? Where’s the logic in that? And how much money will this bring in? It will cost more money to print all the stupid copies of this thing for the legislators and to administer & watch over this mess than it will bring into the state coffers. OMG sometimes I’m embarrassed to live here.

          • SenorBob says:

            I buy good quality shoes that fit well and get them repaired instead of buying cheap crap and throwing it away. I end up ahead in terms of cost AND my feet don’t hurt.

    • Enduro says:

      Those shoe repairing fat cats have been getting away with highway robbery for too long!

    • Tim says:

      When you purchase shoes or a watch, chances are you’re paying sales tax (unless they fall under a clothing exemption). In other words, you’re already taxed for buying it, so taxing the repair wouldn’t really be putting a penalty on repairing instead of buying.

    • Inglix_the_Mad says:

      Because taxing “rich” people is punishing success. Taxing poor people is easier, not the least of which is the fact they don’t have money to fight back with.

      Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  5. chefboyardee says:

    hey phil, just because you probably suck at bowling doesn’t make it a pseudo sport.

    • Orv says:

      If drinking makes you better at it, it’s not a sport.

      • chefboyardee says:

        drinking only makes people who already suck at bowling better at it.

        i know plenty of people who “get better” at softball when they drink heavily. does that mean baseball is also a pseudo sport?

      • pantheonoutcast says:

        Unless you consider “drinking” to be a sport…

    • grapedog says:

      being a good bowler doesn’t make it a sport either.

    • chefboyardee says:

      Bowling is an anaerobic type of physical exercise, similar to walking with free weights. Bowling helps in burning calories and works muscle groups not usually exercised. The flexing and stretching in bowling works tendons, joints, ligaments, and muscles in the arms and promotes weight loss.

      The amount of exercise, athleticism, concentration, and dedication it takes to be a good bowler is what makes it a sport.

      Making fun of it because you’re not smart enough to recognize that just makes you look like an ass.

      • chefboyardee says:

        Yeah, that was supposed to be a reply to grapedog. Man, this commenting system needs an overhaul.

      • Orv says:

        If bowling is such good exercise, how come bowling alleys are always full of guys with enormous potbellies?

        • chefboyardee says:

          if football is such good exercise, how come linemen weigh 300 lbs (and do NOT carry it well)?

          if baseball is such good exercise, how come everyone i’ve ever met on any non-professional (such as a company or rec league) baseball or softball team has a giant pot belly?

        • Blueberry Scone says:

          It probably has to do with the culture of league bowlers. If you play in a league, perhaps you also eat pizza and drink beer before/during/after the game. If you play a few nights a week, those calories add up REALLY fast.

      • dolemite says:

        Heh no, you walk 4 steps and swing a bowing balll down a lane then sit down for 5-10 minutes. Sorry, not a sport. I recognize their skill in the game, but when you can weigh 400 lbs and can’t walk up a flight of stairs but still be a good bowler…not a sport.

        It’s like 3 seconds of moderate activity (not counting the standing part, only the windup part), followed by 5-10 minutes of sedentary while you wait on everyone else to finish and you sip your beer.

        If bowling is a sport, then so is beer pong.

    • dolemite says:

      It’s a game. Not a sport.

      Darts, pool, bowling, etc…games. A sport is something that requires an actual athlete. IE: someone in shape and skilled in several areas like strength, coordination, speed, power, etc.

  6. CFinWV says:

    I would happily pay 6% sales tax on shoe repair… if I could only find a place that repairs shoes!!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i have always been able to find a shoe repair place regardless of the city or state i live in. usually i can find them by asking around at tailors and dry cleaners if they don’t advertise in the yellow pages or online.
      or, if there’s a tandy leather shop [supplier] in your city, ask them if they know who the shoe repair person is – they’d be shopping at tandy for leather glue, belt buckles, etc.
      if you know anyone who is fanatical about their cowboy boots, they probably know the shoe repair place too

  7. jessjj347 says:

    “*Bowling — 26 states are already taxing the pseudo sport and several more, including Nevada and New Mexico, are looking to join the fray.”

    PSEUDO SPORT!?

    • Vivienne says:

      You’re right, pseudo-sport is giving it WAY too much credit.

      Bowling — 26 states are already taxing the lame excuse to drink crummy beer and listen to country music with a bunch of red-necks in a smoke filled chamber of horrors, and several more, including Nevada and New Mexico, are looking to join the fray.

      There, I fixed it.

      • Orv says:

        Next they’ll be taxing all the Drunken Arts: bowling, darts, and billiards!

      • chefboyardee says:

        ah, stereotypes that have no basis in reality and haven’t even been close for at least 15 years. awesome.

        vivienne, so you’re a girl, right? so you’re good at cooking, you suck at sports (maybe that’s why you don’t understand bowling), you’re terrible at driving, and you can’t do simple math. unless a man asks your opinion, nobody wants to hear it, now go make me a sandwich.

        this game is fun.

        • Orv says:

          You’re right, now they play 80s rock, and since the smoking ban passed they just smell like stale smoke instead of actually being full of smoke. The beer is still crummy and there are still lots of rednecks, though. But hey, it’s like going to a drive-in theater — part of the appeal is that you’re slumming it a bit.

      • Doubts42 says:

        Wow stereotype much. I bowl every week. in a brightly lit, smoke free, complex. The music is a variety of top 40, pop, hip hop, and classic rock. I generally have a Whiskey or 2 while I bowl. One of my teammates loves the Blue Moon on tap.

        But hey, you probably know more about it than I do from your simplistic and arrogant stereotypes.

  8. leprechaunshawn says:

    I sure hope that when Scott Walker is elected Governor of WI in November he decides to act responsibly and cut spending rather than increase taxes in order to fill the coffers.

    • eirrom says:

      Lets hope he doesn’t get elected.

    • Vivienne says:

      Yes, because stronger corporations are what is right for Wisconsin!

      • Doubts42 says:

        Are you capable of a well thought out and factual response?

        how does cutting wasteful spending make stronger corporations?

        • Orv says:

          When Republicans talk about “cutting wasteful spending” and “clearing the way for people to do business,” what they usually really mean is gutting regulatory agencies and privatizing government services so someone can make buck off taxpayers.

      • leprechaunshawn says:

        I hope you aren’t being sarcastic because strong business is good for Wisconsin.

    • ARP says:

      I just looked at his website and he have ZERO information on what programs he would cut to balance the budget. Also, he doesn’t mention how he would “pay for” the reduced income the state receives from lowering taxes.

      He also uses the same old (false) talking points about HCR.

      Meaning, he’s a typical Republican.

    • dg says:

      Actually EVERY STATE should cut spending. Reduce the overlap and waste and cronyism. LOWER taxes rather than raising them or adding them to every damn thing. I have to live within my means, why can’t the State? They should provide the “gotta haves”, and leave the rest to the marketplace.

    • Daemon Xar says:

      Got any specific suggestions, or just “fraud, waste, and abuse? Which oddly enough isn’t a line on any state budget I’ve seen?

      • leprechaunshawn says:

        HIGH SPEED RAIL!!

        It may be getting built with federal stimulus money but that thing is going to cost tens of millions of dollars to maintain annually. That is tens of millions of dollars the state of WI doesn’t have.

  9. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Though not a Tax, some counties in Mass (i believe) have made it illegal to collect rainwater. Do some searching on the web-suggested it to Consumerist but it didn’t make it.

    ~My $15.00 cigarette taxes (TX) are paying for public schools (so they say), so – it makes me feel a little less crappy about the habit. I’d still love to quit!

    • Orv says:

      This is actually pretty common in western states, where the water use laws assume water is a scarce resource. In Washington, for example, it’s illegal to collect more than a certain amount of rainwater without a permit — the idea being you might be depriving property owners downstream of that water. (Yes, I know Seattle has a famous excess of rain, but the eastern part of the state is quite dry.)

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        It’s hard to believe rain barrels would be illegal.

        We have the exact opposite problem where I live. They’re making us disconnect our downspouts from the city sewer and encouraging us to put in rain barrels and cisterns.

  10. JMILLER says:

    I think it is misleading to say they are looking to tax specific things. It is patently unfair that a gym membership does not require a sales tax collection, BUT a restaurant does. By the way, they are NOT taxing the business. They are taxing the end user. Why should I have to pay sales tax on a meal at a restaurant, but another entertainment venue (bowling or golf course) does not have a sales tax. All services that are currently untaxed should be taxed anyway.

    • grucifer says:

      I disagree on the gym. People deciding to be healthy should NOT have to pay a tax on gym memberships.

      • Kohl's Retail Monkey says:

        Because in the end, healthier people are more productive in society anyway. They can work harder, longer, and do more, so the government makes money off of people who are healthy and active.

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      I’m willing to bet that for most of the really random ones, they aren’t actual increases in sales tax but the removal of an ancient exemption to them.

    • krom says:

      The whole “they’re not taxing the businesses but the users” is semantic. They are taxing the business because it’s the businesses that have to claim the tax and pay it to the government. Sure, ultimately customers pay for it. Businesses don’t HAVE to tack tax on to your bill. They could simply charge you a solitary price, as long as they turn around and pay the govt. the required sales tax percentage out of the proceeds from those sales. But without having to change stated prices any time tax rates change, it’s easier for them to maintain prices and lump the tax on top.

      However, taxes do affect sales and prices. High taxes tend to push underlying prices down, just like high interest rates tend to push home prices down. The buyer doesn’t see much difference in real cost, but the seller does.

      • JMILLER says:

        No, this is a DIRECT tax on consumers, not on the business. The business MUST collect the % that the state determines. If you want proof that the consumer pays it I would suggest you head over to the IRS web site:
        http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=152421,00.html

        If this were a tax on the business, they would be able to deduct it from their taxes. In fact, if you buy something from an online retailer, the law in most states is, the end user is responsible for paying it.
        Sales tax COLLECTED can not be written off a business as property or income tax can. The law on sales and use tax are clear who is actually paying it. The business is just a collector.

        If you want to say something is semantics on a macro sense, then I could argue it actually is a tax on your employer, who pays your salary, and if your buying dollar does not go as far because of a tax, then you need more income.

  11. Hoss says:

    A tax on boarding horses? Good luck with the reporting on that one Arizona

    • ninabi says:

      Being a horse owner who boards a horse, I’m assuming they’d add this one on to the monthly fee.

      I figure it’d be about $12- $14 extra a month. This is the first I’ve heard about it. I know a lot of people have had to give up their animals due to the economy. I could see boarders checking around to see if friends with horse property had an extra stall open and moving over to avoid the fee increase. It’s not much- but it is to retired people.

    • Appaloosa Lover says:

      With the way the economy is, people who can’t afford their horses anymore are releasing them in parks and wildlife areas. An additional tax will just make this situation worse. And, for me, trying to live on my retirement income, it will make it that much harder to try to have any horses boarded for the extra money. I no longer have horses of my own, but I’m still hanging on to my horse property in Arizona and I hate to see my barn and arena go unused.

    • colorisnteverything says:

      I don’t see how they would report it either. Most people who board here do so with friends or do so with unofficial self-care areas. Yes, there are a few large boarding barns and some with training, but even then, can’t you say the horse is in training an not just boarded there? IDK. Since a lot of horse stuff is done under the table, it is tricky to report.

  12. UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

    I actually drove 20 minutes to buy a computer recently to avoid NY’s exorbitant taxes on everything. It’s sad, but if I drive just 15 minutes to NJ or 20 minutes to CT, I can save a lot of money. And I often do, as crazy as it may sound.

    • Orv says:

      NY doesn’t charge use tax? Or are you just evading it?

      • Hoss says:

        Please………..

      • pantheonoutcast says:

        Probably (rightfully) ignoring it like 99.99% of everyone else in the country.

        • Orv says:

          Maybe not a good idea to advertise your tax evasion on the Internet. Just sayin’. One of the things the CEO of Tyco went down for was buying art out of state and having it shipped into NY to avoid sales tax.

          • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

            I try to report as much of it later as is expedient and honest and necessary, but it still ends up coming out to a lesser amount with various credits. Plus, I get to use that cash now, which is still better in NPV terms.

            Plus, I sincerely doubt they’re going to throw the average consumer into jail for use tax. They use those sorts of situations against guys like Tyco because it’s the only way to bust them. Like Capone.

            Also, an interesting note from a NY CPA site:

            “Enforcement

            New York has the authority to assess unpaid sales or use taxes and to collect penalties and interest from taxpayers who are delinquent on these obligations (Publication 774, Purchaser’s Obligations to Pay Sales and Use Taxes Directly to the Tax Department—Questions and Answers). New York’s Tax Commissioner, Andrew Eristoff, has conceded, however, that it will be difficult to verify that taxpayers are reporting their Line 56 obligations fully. Eristoff has been quoted in newspaper articles as stating that entry of “zero” on Line 56 will not, by itself, trigger audit of a tax return. The Commissioner cautioned that the Tax Department would rely on other sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Inspections, to identify New Yorkers with unreported use tax obligations.”

    • brinks says:

      When I lived in MA, I was about a half an hour from the NH border, where they don’t have sales tax. If we were making a major purchase (say, my parents purchasing an appliance) or we were doing a ton of shopping, the half hour drive was well worth it to save tax (at least it was in the 80’s and 90’s, when gas was reasonable).

  13. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    I wonder if these are new taxes or the elimination of very old exemptions for certain industries.

  14. dolemite says:

    I love the idea of taxing gym memberships. “Look, our citizens are too healthy. They are costing us very little in healthcare, and frankly, it sickens me to think of doctors’ offices sitting unused. We MUST find a way to deter people from living a healthy lifestyle!”

  15. quirkyrachel says:

    Gym memberships? Taxes can be used as an effective way to decrease a behavior, like really high taxes on cigarettes. At a time when obesity is rising, do we want to decrease the likelihood of people going to the gym?

  16. krom says:

    Call me a commie, but I kind of like the golf and horse stabling taxes. Tailoring too.

    • ARP says:

      It’s essentially a variant of a luxury tax. Most people who engage in the taxed activites likely have more money than the average joe and/or purchased an expensive item.

  17. evnmorlo says:

    Any creative ways for government to spend less?

    Crap, here comes a 7% tax on land for the sound of crickets chirping.

  18. BoredOOMM says:

    You missed Tanning Tax,
    And most costly hidden charges-
    Police and Fire Department Surcharges when you have an accident or need an ambulance.

    Elections have consequences.

  19. Emerson7 says:

    As long as the money goes towards people who game the system and don’t contribute ANYTHING except their hipster greatness or victim culture compensation, I’m happy.

    Other people’s property is theft!

  20. crazydave333 says:

    If there was any state that would tax health memberships, Alabama would be an obvious choice. Way to be a cliche.

  21. Geekybiker says:

    Ahhh sin taxes. “Obviously if they can afford to do *that* they can afford a little more tax.”

  22. 44Wadeable says:

    You know, I’m pretty sure Ontario, Canada, taxes plastic bags at grocery stores (charging 5 cents per bag) — unless the store by my friend’s place is a simply rogue one. I’d much rather have my plastic bags taxed and be encouraged to recycle than, say, my gym membership taxed and be encouraged to be unfit.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      That 5¢ plastic bag “tax” is actually a municipal tax, dreamed up from the idiots in Toronto City Hall. It’s just that Toronto based retailers felt that, hey, we could get away with charging this “tax” in other municipalities where we operate as well, making it feel like it’s a “tax” when actually it’s just a way to charge you for plastic bags, “or to save money and our environment, buy our 99¢ cloth bag.”

  23. Difdi says:

    What we really need is a tax on legislatures.

  24. AngryK9 says:

    “Gym memberships — Alabama wants your license to sweat to cost 4 percent more.”

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama is telling everyone that they’re too fat and should join a gym. Sounds suspicious to me.

  25. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Come to the province of Ontario. Where they’re not at all selective as to what goods or services to tax: they just tax everything. Pretty sure I’m guessing they’ll tax the air we breathe.

  26. OnePumpChump says:

    Hooray reverse Keynesianism.

  27. FrankReality says:

    One of the relatively new taxes we have in Minnesota is the “wheelage” tax. I’m not sure if some or all counties have this or just the metro counties do, but counties add a “wheelage” tax to the already painful annual state vehicle license taxes. I believe it is $20 per vehicle, or may be $20 per axle – fortunately, I don’t live in the metro area.

    Another ridiculous tax is in Rochester Minnesota – there is a $25 local tax added when purchasing a new or used vehicle – because most of the region’s dealerships are in Rochester, it’s another tax which most of the revenue comes from non-Rochester residents.

    Another goofy law in Rochester is that panhandlers and beggars have to get a no cost license in order to panhandle. As part of the license, they have to endure a lecture informing them of all the local agencies that help homeless and poor people. The problem with this is that the “beggars” seeking money on the ramps on Hwy 52 actually have nice cars (many people have seen them walking to the nearest parking lot and drive away) and aren’t really “homeless” – panhandling is their business.

    Now let’s say you buy sliced meat at a grocery store – if you buy the meat in the meat department, it is exempt from sales tax in MN, but if you buy that same sliced meat at the same store’s deli, it is taxable. Go figure.

  28. wackydan says:

    Watch repair and shoe repair?

    They are going to tax/punish people who are being frugal, green, and generally may be choosing to repair an item rather than buy a new one due to budget?

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

  29. Levk says:

    *Shoe repair — The Pennsylvania state legislature is looking to add a 6 percent sales tax to the service.

    Ok.. yea that dieing market needs a tax, why not make it cost more so the 10 remaining stores that does this can disappear >>

  30. PixDawg says:

    What more evidence do we need that government is out of control and run by fools?

  31. jjcraftery says:

    People still get their shoes repaired????

  32. nerble says:

    Heaven forfend they should cut out wasteful spending. I mean what with such high employment rates and consumer confidence we’ve got boatloads of extra money to be taxed.

  33. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    I hope they don’t tax my tea.

  34. PupJet says:

    Honestly you would think that if a state wants to KEEP people in their state AND spend money (to gain revenue) that they would say the HELL with some taxes…after all, it’s easier to keep track of AND people are more likely to spend more.

    I know Washington state removed the tax cap, so now they can charge out the butt for most things….not like they don’t anyway.