I didn’t post a Sampler last week because I wasn’t particularly inspired by what I read on the front pages of the Sunday papers. Today is a different story.
Asheville: President Trump has said so many things that it’s difficult to keep track of them. The Citizen-Times circled back to his pledge to support legislation allowing churches to endorse political candidates without fear of the IRS coming calling, Changing the law would have unintended consequences that are not good. “Churches do not have to tell the government who their donors are. Promises of anonymity and the tax deduction for gifts ‘would result in glorified money laundering from a legal standpoint,’ said the Rev. Todd Donatelli of the Cathedral of All Souls, an Episcopal congregation in Biltmore Village.
Charlotte: The Observer raises and attempts to answer a question I have always wondered about: Does it make sense for governments to use tax incentives to lure companies that bring low-paying jobs? “Josh Goodman, who studies tax incentives for the Pew Charitable Trust, said subsidizing jobs may encourage more people to move to Charlotte. ‘You could have people moving up the economic ladder,’ Goodman said. ‘But if people already have jobs, you may be attracting people to your city to fill the new ones.’ In some cases, Mecklenburg County studies show the people holding the new jobs would pay less in taxes than they use in services like schools and hospitals.”