Friday, June 22, 2007

What happens when you've made all the reasonable cut back and you can't raise taxes on anything most people will notice, because it'll never make it past your retarded legislature?

You get proposed taxes on ticket sellers.

I'd go into to it more, but Jasper and Whalebomb have done an admirable job over at webvomit. Their well informed opinions are based by solid logic, which can basically be boiled down to -- don't believe that Ticketmaster has the best interest of concert goers at heart and don't believe Mike Illitch isn't more concerned about his own wallet than yours. I've received emails from Palace Sports and Entertainment as well asking me to "oppose" this terrible injustice.

The Illitch's have spent a lot of money in Detroit, created a nice little stretch of Woodward Detroit can be proud of and rebuilt horrible sports franchises into winners (don't forget the Red Wings sucked bad in the seventies and eighties), but they are notoriously "forgetful" about paying contractors and other companies they do business with. I'd usually hate to throw off such a generalization about a whole family, except that I personally know of examples of Little Cesar's, Olympia Entertainment and the grown Illitch children all stiffing other people and companies with the bill.

PS I'm eating leftover $7 dollar deep dish as I type this, great deal.

Ignore the ads and support the ticket tax or luxury tax or whatever, the state is in a budget crisis and while there's likely pork out there to be cut, we need to keep funding our roads, education and business development (particularly in the tech sectors.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about raising the state sales tax a penny or two instead? Why not raise the sin taxes yet again? Better yet, tax the shit out of "fast food". That Happy Meal comes to $14.25...would you like to supersize it? A firearms tax would make more sense than tickets, but the NRA & gun toting freaks in MI would snuff that out.


12:52 PM  
Blogger Gorilla said...

There not really taxing tickets, they're taxing ticket sellers. Presumably, ticketmaster would like to pass the tax along to you the buyer, but it wouldn't inherently raise ticket prices.

I think it's a good way to raise some extra dough for the state that is seeing revenue decrease as the state economy declines.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Yale Bloor said...


More taxes? what ever happened to economics 101? create jobs and oppertunity and you create more tax payers! what a concept. raise taxes and strangle the economy. makes sense!

just my humble opinion

11:55 AM  

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