Thursday, February 18, 2010

Everyone should donate a dollar toward the National Debt this tax season--if you care

I noticed the other day while filing taxes that there was an offer to donate a dollar or what ever amount you want, toward the national debt. It's located in the upper left hand corner of the tax form.
It is my suggestion, that anyone who wants to help dig their country out of debt, donate whatever amount in which you are comfortable.
I don't want to hear another so-called conservative whine about the national debt climbing but yet are unwilling to help. Heck, if you can help other countries, be willing to help your own as well. Any U.S. filer should consider donating. Most of us waste a dollar or lose a dollar's worth change in the car or the couch--wherever you sit the most.
I wonder what would happen if every household filer donated a dollar and every business $5?
Hmmmmmm. Solutions anyone?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gas Station Divas-The First Part

Gas Station Divas

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $230.1 Million for Indiana and Cut Youth Smoking

National Poll Finds Voters Prefer Tobacco Tax to Other Tax Increases, Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raising Indiana's cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring in $230.1 million in new annual revenue to help close the state's budget shortfall, while also reducing smoking and saving lives, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

The report comes as states grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls and face devastating cuts to education, health care and other essential public services. The report details the revenue and health benefits to each state of a $1 cigarette tax increase.

In Indiana, a $1 cigarette tax increase would also:
-- Prevent 63,600 kids from becoming smokers;
-- Spur 40,100 current adult smokers to quit;
-- Save 30,900 residents from premature, smoking-caused deaths; and
-- Save $1.4 billion in health care costs.

A nationwide poll released along with the report found that 67 percent of voters support a $1 tobacco tax increase, with backing from large majorities of Republicans (68 percent), Democrats (70 percent) and Independents (64 percent).

The poll found that voters far prefer raising the state tobacco tax to other options for addressing state budget deficits. While 60 percent favored increasing the tobacco tax for this purpose, more than 70 percent opposed every other option presented, including higher state income, gasoline and sales taxes and cuts to education, health care, transportation and law enforcement programs.

"This report shows that raising tobacco taxes is truly a win-win-win for Indiana. It is a budget win that will help protect vital programs like health care and education, a health win that will prevent kids from smoking and save lives, and a political win with the voters," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The report was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is titled Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States.

Currently, Indiana's cigarette tax is 99.5 cents per pack, which ranks 29th in the nation. The national average is $1.34 per pack. The scientific evidence is clear that increasing cigarette prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, especially among kids. States will achieve even greater revenue and health gains if they also increase tax rates on other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco and cigars, and if they dedicate a portion of their new tobacco tax revenue to fund programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. In Indiana, tobacco use claims 9,700 lives and costs the state $2.08 billion in health care bills each year. Currently, 18.3 percent of the state's high school students smoke, and 34,900 kids try cigarettes for the first time each year.

The national survey of 847 registered voters was conducted from January 20-24, 2010, by International Communications Research and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. More information, including the full report, state-specific information and detailed poll results, can be found at.