Taxes, like death, are inevitable. However, that conception of taxes doesn’t reflect how the majority of Americans view their relationship to their local, state, and federal government taxes. Vanessa Williamson, a scholar at the Brookings Institution sits down with Building Local Power host and Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell to talk about her new book, Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.
Williamson argues during the heart of this podcast; “I think that it is good for Americans to think about taxes as the part of their labor that they contribute to the public good. I think that is a powerful way thinking, you have to remember everyone else is chipping in too.”
“[T]he problems that we face as a country come from a shortage of democracy, a shortage of deliberative deep democracy as opposed to a problem of people participating too much,” says Vanessa Williamson, scholar at the Brookings Institution of the issues we’re tackling as a country.
“To the extent that we are experimenting with new ways to engage people in the politics genuinely does shape their lives, I think it’s worth trying.”
View a full transcript of the conversation here.
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance: “Tax” Tag — All of the stories tagged with “tax” on our website details the relationship that taxes — whether property, sales, income, state — play in economies and with giant firms. Get the latest information on taxes in retail, broadband, energy, and waste stream issues.
MuniNetworks.org: “Property Tax” Tag — This tag on the MuniNetworks.org site details the how communities looking to invest in municipal fiber networks utilize local property taxes — or not — to build out that infrastructure.
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