Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hearts in the right place, heads in the wrong place

From today's Calgary Herald:

The three necessities of life are: food, shelter and clothing. By definition, Calgary's homeless population are having trouble getting shelter, and if the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness has anything to do with it, the homeless will soon have a tougher time getting food as well.

As reported in last Thursday's Calgary Herald, the committee is proposing a new tax on restaurant meals or a new civic user fee to help fund affordable housing initiatives.

However noble their goal to "end homelessness" or build more affordable housing may be, the last thing this committee should consider is imposing yet another tax or user fee on Calgarians. Moreover, of all of the taxes they could have proposed, a tax on restaurant meals is one of the worst.

A tax on restaurant meals will make food more expensive for the homeless, leave struggling families less to spend on their own food, shelter and clothing, and leave all Calgary families with less disposable income to donate to worthy charities.

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3 comments:

Maureen Bader said...

Homeless don't eat at restaurants ...

Scott Hennig said...

Not at high end restaurants, but yeah, many of them do eat at fast-food restaurants and other low-cost eateries.

As per the op-ed, families earning under $20,000 a year spend $800 a year in restaurants...

NB taxpayer said...

That makes complete sense since, on average, they have nowhere to cook food bought from a grocery store.

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