To the editor:
Robert T. Lutts’ guest editorial in Tuesday’s Salem News (“Keep small enterprise growth engine vibrant with tax restraint,” Feb. 19) may have been the best letter I have ever read in your esteemed newspaper.
Our elected officials’ constant need for more of our tax dollars to fuel the political machine that mismanages the state’s growing cost of government continues to cripple small businesses and act as a deterrent to expansion and growth.
Between the recent return to an increased Social Security tax to the governor’s recent proposal to add nearly $2 billion to this year’s budget, small companies can no longer tread water trying to stay afloat in today’s economy. We all need to remember that when the Statehouse talks about “new revenues,” it means new taxes and fees. It is time that the state and federal governments follow the rules of today’s small businesses: Do more with less, and do it more efficiently.
Thanks again to Mr. Lutts for penning such an eloquent, well-thought-out and direct column, and I would encourage others to get a copy of the Feb. 19 paper to read it.