A tax collection device used in two states and the Dictrict of Columbia might hold a key to entitlement reform and greater fiscal competence in Kentucky.
Massachusetts is actually poised to join Rhode Island, Louisiana, and D.C. as the only states with the capability to suspend drivers licenses of citizens who are delinquent in paying state taxes.
Taxpayer groups who traditionally speak out on tax issues won’t get much traction against a move like this because, in the eyes of the law, driving is a privilege and not a right.
Kentucky might consider the same approach to beefing up tax collection efforts because, of course, anyone who isn’t paying his share of income taxes is costing everyone else more.
Enacting such a tactic would generate significant interest and debate. And at that point, when discussing the rights of those not paying their fair share, the discussion could be expanded to the rights of those who are using up public resources unfairly.
Take, for example, welfare recipients who use on illegal drugs. If we can start justifying tighter restrictions on welfare eligibility, we just might save some money and encourage greater personal responsibility for our citizens.