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Your Views: No-tax pledges can’t account for economic slumps, funding cuts

POSTED: March 12, 2014 1:00 a.m.

I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.

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