New government fees pepper Obama deficit plan

More than $130B in new government fees pepper Obama deficit plan

Andrew Taylor
Associated Press
via Yahoo! Finance
9/19/2011

It’s not just millionaires who’d pay more under President Barack Obama’s latest plan to combat the deficit.

Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 billion in government revenues raised through new or increased fees.

Airline passengers would see their federal security fees double from $5 to $10 for a nonstop round-trip flight and triple to $15 by 2017, raising $25 billion over the coming decade. Federal workers would face an additional 1.2 percentage point deduction from their paychecks to contribute $21 billion more for their pensions over the same period. Military retirees would pay a $200 fee upon turning 65 to have the government pay their out-of-pocket Medicare expenses. They’d also pay more for non-generic prescription drugs.

And it’ll cost corporate jet owners a new $100 fee for each flight.

The fees aren’t taxes. They’re charged to people who use government services or receive benefits such as taxpayer-subsidized health care, and they typically defray the government’s cost of providing a service. The fee on corporate jets and other private passenger planes, for example, would raise about $1 billion a year to help finance the cost of air traffic control. Recreational flyers won’t have to pay.

Many of Obama’s proposals are retreads from earlier budget proposals, including those submitted by his predecessors. Most have been rejected year after year. Some ideas, like requiring wealthier veterans to pay more for their health care, stir up opposition from powerful interest groups. Others, like the bigger security fee for flyers, seem too close to a ticket tax increase.

Administration budget documents describe the fees as savings.

But unlike Obama’s tax proposals, the new fees aren’t necessarily dead on arrival with Republicans…

The article continues at Yahoo! Finance.

H/T Weasel Zippers

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“Now the federal government’s main job is sending checks to people who don’t work.”

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Common American Journal welcomes readers from Hump Day Report where there’s an excellent chart, Who Pays Income Taxes and How Much? While you’re there, also check out, AP fact check: Secretaries don’t pay more taxes than their bosses. Don’t be duped by class envy, People!

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