Pedestrian and Cyclist Transportation

Field Tripping: Taxing Water

Field Tripping: Taxing Water

I took the afternoon off on Tax Day, a reward for having completed my return a full two days before the deadline. I figured I’d earned a little something after pitching in thousands of dollars over the course of 2014, my tip in the jar that holds the social wage—that chunk we shave off to pay for things we need collectively. Nobody likes to pay taxes, but everybody likes the things they help pay for: shared roads, first responders, unemployment insurance, and weapons of mass destruction—OK, maybe we don’t like all the things they pay for; a fifth of the social wage funds our war machine. At the same time, if we didn’t pay taxes into a shared pot to spend to meet...

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