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Biblical View on Issues
"Taxation, Part 3 - What May and May Not Be Taxed" by Dr. Patti Amsden
Scripture requires the tithe to be paid on the increase (Deut. 14:22, 28; 26:12; II Chron. 31: 5-6; Prov. 3:9). In a simpler agricultural society, a farmer would count his harvest and set aside 10% for his tithe. A rancher would count his cattle or sheep and reckon one in ten as the Lord’s portion. Even in a more complex economic environment, the business or the individual would be mandated to take count of his assets and render the equivalent of 10% for his tithe. As we have established that the tithe, being God’s covenantal tax, is the pattern for the civil covenantal tax, the tax is also to be paid from the increase on the assets. If a business venture or an earned wage yielded high dividends, the dollar volume of paid tax would be greater. If the business venture or work product failed to produce increase, no tax would be collected. The civil, like the church, is permitted to collect the tax or the tithe, respectively, on the increase. The percentage of the civil tax may not exceed the percentage of God’s tithe.
The inheritance of the family is not subject to taxation. To read the entire article, click here
Illinois Cultural News
"Minimum Wage Revisited" by Joyce Geiler
Illinois’ legislators have passed a bill with an eventual increase to $15 minimum wage for Cook County that is now on Governor Rauner’s desk. More than 50 municipalities have already opted out of the series of minimum wage increases in the county. Starting pay in municipalities that haven't opted out yet will gradually increase to $13 per hour in 2020.
In the past, minimum wage hikes came in small increments and could be absorbed by the economy but today’s wage hikes are much larger. Studies on the effect of minimum wage seem to be conflicting. According to a study from the University of Washington, the minimum wage increase in Seattle resulted in an average loss of $129 per month for workers. However, the University of California – Berkeley found food industry workers were benefiting from the wage increases. Mark Grant, Illinois State Director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), noted that numerous studies have shown that minimum wage increases might benefit some workers, but other workers will lose out through decreased hours or even loss of jobs. Grant said one NFIB member, a bakery in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, has explained that wage hikes force him to reduce hours, often for the least skilled workers. The impact, he said, is that there are either fewer positions, fewer hours, or fewer opportunities for people to enter the workforce. To read the entire article, click here:
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