Subject: Question on Rep. King's Comments
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:11:16 -0600
From: Caleb Troxclair
To: wgselby@statesman.com


Gardner - 

Thank you for the call.  Rep. King hasn't read the article in question but he often says that the average family is losing 40% or more of their income to support government.  He refers to the total cost of government.  This is supported by Americans for Tax Reform and other reports produced in recent years.  ATR's study, for example, has shown that the average American family worked until August 19 last year- well past 40% of the way through the year - to pay for the cost of government.  The link for this study is http://www.fiscalaccountability.org/?content=cogdteas10#.  When you combine every local, state, and federal tax and fee (hidden or otherwise) levied against Texas families and businesses - that burden is excessive.  Last time we checked, by way of another example, the tax on mobile phone service was 27%!  The highest in the nation i think.  There are taxes and fees in cable bills, electricity, license plates, and on and on.  It all ads up  to an incredible burden.  I hope this helps answer your question.  Thank you.

Caleb Troxclair