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KENTUCKYREDBONE
03-25-2011, 05:58 AM
Published Mar 23, 2011
Published Wednesday March 23, 2011

Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax
By Maggie O'Brien
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER



Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.

The idea came from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman to help cities and the environment.

“I heard about it and said, ‘Well, this is simple. Let's put it on the table,'” said Suttle. “It doesn't mean I endorse it.”

The mayor says Omaha needs help with the metro area's $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024.

Suttle talked about the mandate at a Tuesday meeting held by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He didn't mention the toilet paper tax but said later that he's open to that and other ways to cover the sewer bill.

“How are we affording this ... as we come out of the recession?” he asked.

Suttle plans to ask Nebraska's congressional delegation to ease the blow to Omaha and other cities. He'd like the federal government to cover half of the cities' costs, possibly with grants.

Whether the toilet paper tax has legs remains to be seen, but Omaha's large industries that balked under significant sewer rate increases are listening.

Julia Plucker, a lobbyist for Kellogg's and Skinner Baking, says food industries carry an unfair portion of the increases.

A toilet paper tax? Sure.

“I did chuckle when I first heard about it,” Plucker said. “But this is a serious problem. We would love to take a look at any more equitable solution.”



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Dethbob
03-25-2011, 02:54 PM
A poop tax, nice...

Julia Plucker, a lobbyist for Kellogg's and Skinner Baking, says food industries carry an unfair portion of the increases.

Where does she think the stuff TP is used on comes from?

rearnakedchoke
03-25-2011, 03:40 PM
that is one SH!##Y tax ...

County Mike
03-25-2011, 05:31 PM
One more way to tax our asses. Good thing I poop at work.

Miss Foxy
03-25-2011, 05:40 PM
One more way to tax our asses. Good thing I poop at work.

LMAO!! Sick o!!!:no::sick:

County Mike
03-25-2011, 05:42 PM
One more way to tax our asses. Good thing I poop at work.

LMAO!! Sick o!!!:no::sick:

Everybody poops.

Miss Foxy
03-25-2011, 05:46 PM
Everybody poops.

Yes I know.. I smell it daily in the ladies restroom here at work.. The animals who dress in womens clothing apparently don't crap @ home they wait until they get here to sicken us! There is a gas station next door geesh common courtesy! :angry:

DonnaMaria
03-25-2011, 11:59 PM
Everybody poops.

That's the name of a potty training book. You should get it for the little one!

Bonnie
03-26-2011, 03:35 AM
A poop tax, nice...


Originally Posted by KENTUCKYREDBONE
Julia Plucker, a lobbyist for Kellogg's and Skinner Baking, says food industries carry an unfair portion of the increases.


Where does she think the stuff TP is used on comes from?

Not only that, but like they don't pass on those "costs" to the consumers (us!) anyway. :rolleyes:

KENTUCKYREDBONE
03-26-2011, 05:50 PM
I see it as a direct tax charged directly to the consumer! It would pave the way for a federal sales tax on top of the state taxes and federal income tax! The only way they can pass this off as a tax the rich is if they say only the rich use TP and we all know that's false.

BamaGrits84
03-28-2011, 07:34 PM
Does anyone else wrap tp around their hand until it looks like a beach ball? Guess I better learn to work with a softball size wad.

DonnaMaria
03-28-2011, 10:48 PM
It's discrimination against WOMEN!!!!!!!! We use more TP!!!!:angry:

( For obvious reasons.......:ninja:)

Wait until NOW hears about THIS!!!!!!:frantics:

KENTUCKYREDBONE
03-28-2011, 11:54 PM
It's discrimination against WOMEN!!!!!!!! We use more TP!!!!:angry:

( For obvious reasons.......:ninja:)

Wait until NOW hears about THIS!!!!!!:frantics:

Maybe you should try to get them involved with this! Good luck getting them to buck a liberal Dem though!

DonnaMaria
03-30-2011, 10:27 PM
Maybe you should try to get them involved with this! Good luck getting them to buck a liberal Dem though!

Yeah, I was actually kidding, I don't like NOW.........those women are too bossy!:Whistle:

:laugh:

County Mike
03-31-2011, 11:07 AM
NOW?

The association for Nailing Older Women?

DonnaMaria
03-31-2011, 02:56 PM
NOW?

The association for Nailing Older Women?

Hmmmmmmmmmm...........................

Haven't heard of that one before.........but the group sounds interesting.........

BamaGrits84
03-31-2011, 03:15 PM
Yeah, I was actually kidding, I don't like NOW.........those women are too bossy!:Whistle:

:laugh:

They would say you are brain washed. :laugh:

DonnaMaria
03-31-2011, 03:31 PM
They would say you are brain washed. :laugh:

Yeah they would hate me for sure!:rolleyes:

I like it when a guy holds the door open for me! And when they call me doll! :ashamed: or sweetie! or love!

I'm pathetic! :laugh:

Play The Man
03-31-2011, 11:12 PM
Why is a federal tax needed? Why should a taxpayer in Illinois with a septic system in their yard pay for sewer upgrades in Omaha? Omaha has 13 years to complete the upgrade. Why don't they charge an extra monthly fee to each person's sewer bill? If the charges are divided monthly over 13 years, it will result in 156 payments. I'm sure the fee per person will not be overly-burdensome if it is spread out over 156 payments. Omaha is getting the benefit of the upgraded sewer system. Omaha residents should pay for it.

KENTUCKYREDBONE
04-01-2011, 12:22 AM
Why is a federal tax needed? Why should a taxpayer in Illinois with a septic system in their yard pay for sewer upgrades in Omaha? Omaha has 13 years to complete the upgrade. Why don't they charge an extra monthly fee to each person's sewer bill? If the charges are divided monthly over 13 years, it will result in 156 payments. I'm sure the fee per person will not be overly-burdensome if it is spread out over 156 payments. Omaha is getting the benefit of the upgraded sewer system. Omaha residents should pay for it.

I've been told that part of the problem is the mayor created a bunch of new jobs for his friends!