Every Thursday I will be taking one item that our taxes pay for and breaking it down into why it is essential or just a waste. I enjoy learning about this our country and where the taxes are spent.
The first question I want to answer is do Indians even pay taxes?
I read that States are not allowed to tax Indian Tribal Governments directly but may tax the Indians individually as long as they don't make their cash directly from a treaty.
The government spends 2.5 billion dollars on reservations each year. This 2.5 billion breaks down into 50 million for tribal colleges, 14.4 million for completed settlements, 5.1 million for a Loan program, 14.2 million for central oversight, and 27 million for estate services. Also an additional 354.7 million is being spent this year to add public safety and justice to Indian reservations all through America. This change will bring a reduction in crime throughout the reservations.
My first thought on all of this is that we need to start taxing the Indians more. While some of the Indians are poor and need our help others run huge Casinos that can't be taxed properly because they are under a treaty. We only have the power to charge them a special tax which is a start... While some Tribes need our help in surviving, others are taking advantage of the system and do not need all of this special treatment. Than my second thought is that I don't have enough information to make such an assumption. I am not a smart man outside of the workplace.
And a cute bird
I am sorry If I haven't checked out your blog this week.. They've had me working 9 to 9 with a 3 hour break starting at noon each day..