Dear Management Doctor:
I have the following questions. I would appreciate it if anyone could help answer these.
Leon K. Jensen
The Management Doctor
If my memory serves and the law hasn't changed, Virginia has some independent municipalities inside some counties. It's as if you took a knife and cut out a section of the county. A Virginia planner would obviously know more and would be able to provide details. I worked with some of these entities back in my TVA days.
Nancy Benziger Brown
Perhaps it was not intended as such, but my first gut reaction to your use of this phrase (Bushified) was negative. Please don't assume that all us planning directors are liberals.
Response from the Doctor
Thanks for the correction. I didn't intend to favor either a progressive or regressive tax. My only point is that the current Washington administration and congress have reduced the progressive nature of the income tax, even though it is still progressive. Some argue (mostly Democrats) that the reduction in the income tax has resulted in states and cities increasing sales, gas, cigarette and similar taxes, all regressive in nature.