On Being Grateful for Paying Taxes

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

dirty dishesThere were lots of great Tax Day-related articles and posts this year, but we especially appreciated this one Valerie Tarico published on Truthout. She writes that taxes, like dirty dishes, are blessings in disguise because of the tools of prosperity they support. Here’s an excerpt from Valerie’s piece:

Gratitude as a life posture or a sense of being “blessed” is something that religious people talk about mostly in church and secular people like me, who have given up that traditional forum and vocabulary, mostly keep to ourselves. But [my cousin] Robyn, in her note [on Facebook], did an interesting thing. By adding taxes to her list, she crossed a boundary. Not the boundary between church and state – that one’s been crossed plenty of late – but the boundary between civic life and spiritual life. I wonder what it would it mean for our country if more of us said, to a God or to the universe: “I thank You that I have roads to maintain, schoolbooks to buy, a sewer to mend, rivers and mountains to protect and a free country in which I can pay taxes.”

Paying it Forward with our Tax Dollars

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

Our partners at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) in Texas and the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) distributed these word clouds on Tax Day, 2013, to illustrate the many public systems that are paid for with their … Continue reading

The Value of our Property Taxes

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

This infographic from the Blue Earth County Assessor’s office explains the process of assessing property taxes and their value to the community.

Our Shared Investment

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

Washington State Budget and Policy Center explains how taxes benefit all of Washington State in this Tax Day infographic that focuses not on programs but rather on the impact of state spending—thriving communities, education & opportunity, healthy people & environment, and … Continue reading

Thank you, Northampton Taxpayers!

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

Before Tax Day 2013, the Northampton League of Women Voters and the website governmentisgood.com paid to insert a thank-you card of sorts (WHERE IS ORIGINAL SAVED??) to Northampton taxpayers in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The two-sided flyer offers an accounting of some … Continue reading

Reinforce civic responsibility not consumer thinking.

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

What we Choose to Do Together By Mark Cloutier, San Franciso Foundation On Tax Day, Mark Cloutier blogged about interdependence, our common destiny, the meaning of citizenship and turning down our big government vs. small government rhetoric so we can … Continue reading

Explain how taxes support specific public systems and structures.

by Public Works on April 15, 2013 in Changemakers

Firetrucks, productive works, and strong communities: Amy Hanauer The Plain Dealer April 14, 2013 In this guest column, Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, tells the story of a smallish 2001 house fire that brought her to a … Continue reading