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Cuts detrimental

Three years ago the Legislature removed some of the sales tax from food because of the outcry that it was detrimental to the poor, elderly and families. Well, more detrimental are the cuts in Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, education, Public Safety and other programs the poor and elderly depend on along with the rest of us. Those receiving assistance from the state in food stamps could have their card programmed to exempt them from sales taxes, and the elderly, too, could be issued a form of ID that could exempt them from sales tax on food. A family spending $500 a month on food would only have paid about $31.25 in sales tax. That seems a pretty minor expense when you consider it supports Public Safety, education, health services for the needy, libraries and other services.

John R. Pool