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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.

Also, we cannot predict economic downturns, unforeseen circumstances or special needs which might require tax adjustments. Elected officials must have the flexibility to do what is right and not be bound by political pledges. I salute the candidates who have the strength to refuse to sign these unreasonable pledges.

Robert R. Bruner

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