A new 3 % tax for non-essential items
**( Non-essential Items, is any item, that isn't required for a human being to live in order to survive ).** ( Human beings need a place to live, that is warm and dry, clean water, and healthy food in order to survive and live. )
A 3 % tax on items that we don't need to live as well as making Cannabis Legal , on top of an extra 3% tax increase on non-essential items could create millions and potentially billions of extra tax revenue dollars that could be used on infrastructure, as well as creating grants and incentives towards renewable energy system that could be used for creating jobs, training, education, house and building adaptions of solar, wind ect that could be sold back to the energy grid when generating more power then a house or building is using at that time.This could also make the energy system more secure against power outages, if a community could generate enough solar and wind power in a town or city to keep needed services running during a catastrophic power outage from the main power grid, to needed services, while the main grid is being repaired.
That being said I would support a 3% new tax increase on non-essential items to create a poverty reduction strategy / Living Wage System as well as, Investing in grants and incentives for environmentally safe, renewable, sustainable, alternative green energy for households to large scale operations as well as education and training.
1. Investing in grants and incentives for environmentally safe, renewable, sustainable, alternative green energy for households to large scale operations as well as education and training.
2. New infrastructure towards a healthier living,
- Creating exercise parks with Outdoor Fitness Equipment geared for kids to adults connected with bicycle and walk paths.
B: A Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System for a single person living below the poverty level $0. - $17,500 a year.
1. Implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System A Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System for a single person living below the poverty level $0. - $17,500 a year..
2. Implement a min level of rent and rent increases based on people living below the poverty level. $0. - $17,500.
3. Allow a person making a wage below the poverty level, $0. - $17,500 to access programs, education and training that are offered to people on Social Services, EI, Disabilities, and other back to work programs.
- A person may need training and education for employment, that they are interested in but can't access the same programs offered to people on Social Services, EI, Disabilities, and other back to work programs, because they are not on or don't qualify for Social Services, EI, Disabilities, and other back to work programs.
4. Create more Subsidized Housing for people that are living below the poverty line that are working and making a wage less then the poverty level. $0. - $17,500.
• Most Subsidized Housing is geared towards Minority Groups, People on Disabilities, Seniors, and Families, but very few Subsidized Housing Places have available suites or rooms for the working poor.
5. Implement a wage buffer for people on Social Services, EI, and Disabilities that allows people to make a wage to cover the cost of living while on the system.
- If you get a job, you are deducted any assistance from Social Services, EI, and Disabilities. Since Social Services, EI, and Disabilities does not cover the cost of living. People should be able to make a wage equal to the poverty level $0. - $17,500, and not be punished and deducted for their effort to live in poverty, while struggling to get out of poverty. From what I know if you make any money , when you claim it on your Social Assistance stub, you get deducted dollar for dollar. which currently is $600 for a single person.
- Example 1 , If a person on Disabilities was receiving $1000 dollars a month from Social Assistance , the person on Disabilities should be able to make an extra $625 per month before getting deducted anything.
- Example 2 , If a single employable person receiving $1000 a month from Social Assistance , they should be able to make $250 ( including up to $250 from an EI claim ) before being deducted. EI should allow a person to make $250 over a $1000 claim without being deducted. That being said a person receiving $1250 from a EI claim would not receive Income Assistance from Social Assistance but still be able to access the Social Assistance Programs for getting back to work.
6. Increase the available amount of money a person can have in their bank account from $1500 to $17,500 that doesn't make them ineligible for Social Assistance Programs ,
• If you have more then $1500 in your bank account and assets you are denied Social Assistance . Social Assistance Programs should be accessible for people that have $0. - $17,500 in their savings . Although not be eligible for Income Assistance if an individual has $1500 to $17,500 in their savings, but be able to access programs, training, and employer incentives from Social Assistance and other back to work programs.
7. Add basic non-cosmetic dentist, eye, and hearing care coverage to the health care system that covers people making below the poverty level $0. - $17,500.
• People on Social Assistance and Disability have some coverage but people working below the poverty line have near 0% coverage, unless it's an emergency situation . Basic non-comedic dentist, eye, and hearing care coverage should be apart of the health care system for people living below the poverty level $0. - $17,500. ( this would create more jobs for people in the health care field ).
8. Combine Social Services, EI, Disabilities and other back to work programs into a Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System.
People have disposable income to buy non-essential items, people living below the poverty line have a lot less disposable income. Creating a poverty reduction strategy / Living Wage System is going to cost money to keep going. It should act as a bounce back net, supporting system to catch people from slipping through the cracks and giving people not only support but a bounce back initiative to make more then a living wage to have more disposable income that they spend on non-essential items that get taxed and supports the system that gave them the bounce back initiative . Everyone rich and poor shares the responsibility to support the Living Wage System through a new 3% non-essential items tax by purchasing non-essential items, every one gets taxed equally.
So many programs get cut because of not having enough tax dollars to support the programs , so its time that we create a new tax dedicated to supporting an ongoing program that supports itself by making sure the tax dollars spent to make it work are also regenerated back into the system to keep it working. In this case a +/- 3% new tax increase on non-essential items to create a Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System within the cost of living that maintains a guarantees a +/- 3% tax goes to keep it running . During times of lower unemployment and more people making more then the poverty wage people would have more disposable income to spend on non-essential items and could generate a tax surplus which could be used to create more programs, grants and incentives.
From what I've noticed in the last 30 years based on my experience of living below the poverty line, it's going to get a lot worse. As the poverty line increases the population living in poverty will increase as well, without a Poverty Reduction Strategy / Living Wage System.