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Emerging countries in Asia lead new E-Commerce peak – How This Will Impact the Canadian Economy

The online forecast site eMarketer released its new study on the subject of digital distribution of retail, travel and service products this week. eMarketer already made very clear at the beginning of the study that especially the Asian-Pacific region is the fastest-growing region in this respect and is consequently become the new capital. This led […]

Benefits of Public Infrastructure Projects

Freight TrainsPublic infrastructure can take many different forms from building roads and bridges, to water and sewer systems, to public wifi access. While there is definitely a financial cost to these projects the benefit to society as a whole is almost immeasurable. Imagine a world where streets are only paved in areas where people can afford it, where access to clean drinking water is not guaranteed, or public housing is non-existent. That Canada would look much different than the one we have today and would not only hinder societal growth but would retard economic progress. Continue Reading

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Bringing Government Services Online

Canadian ComputerIn this day and age it seems like we can do everything from the comfort of our home. As long as we have access to an internet connection the world is our oyster. That is unless you’re trying to sign up for government services. More and more government is falling behind the private sector when it comes to online access to services which is making it tougher for people to get the help they need, file for permits, or get copies of certified documents. Whether you need temporary food assistance, a building permit, or want to file a complaint chances are you have to do it in person.

To help bring government into the 21st century, the following services must be brought online as soon as possible: Continue Reading

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Why Seemingly Minor Public Policy Decisions Can Make a Huge Impact

Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture in terms of how public policy is put into place, and then how that actually affects the economy as a whole. Sometimes, very minor and even seemingly insignificant changes can add up to make a huge impact overall, whether it’s a small bump in taxes or decrease in funding for a program, or anything else. It’s important to understand how this happens and what it’s all about.

Small Decisions Can Snowball

The economy is very much an evolving, living organism. It’s not the same today as it was yesterday or will be next week. It’s certainly not the same a year ago as it will be next year. In this kind of environment, small decisions end up affecting people, businesses and organizations many steps removed from where that original decision was made.

To think of an oversimplified example, let’s say that an education cut is made, and there’s less funding available for schools in a certain area. This may save money today, but what’s the long-term cost? It may create increased unemployment, because qualified teachers can’t find jobs. Maybe more kids drop out, and the crime rate goes up. Maybe teen pregnancy goes up at the same time.

Longer term, it could lead to people moving out of a region, to find both better jobs, and better education for their children, elsewhere. Even longer term than that, it could lead to reduced opportunities and growth for the country, because there aren’t enough educated, bright young adults getting out there to think of that next great idea or develop a wonderful new advancement.

Again, this is an exceedingly oversimplified case. But it shows the impact that one decision can have in so many different ways beyond what was the original and immediate intention – saving money on the budget by reducing funding.

In any area of the economy, and any type of public policy decision, the same kind of snowball effect has to be taken into account. It’s never as simple or easy as it appears on the surface, and changes compound and multiply at every step down the road.

Think About Your Own Health

To think about this in another way, think about how small lifestyle changes can lead to huge dividends for you personally if you’re trying to get into better shape. One less soda or latte here, one extra work out there, ten more minutes walking instead of watching television, and all of the sudden you’re losing weight and these separately minor changes add up to a very large impact.

That’s because taken together, you’re creating momentum and the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. You’re burning more calories each day than you’re taking in, allowing you to lose weight. Instead of looking up the best pizza joint in town, you’re looking for information about the best protein shakes and powders available online to learn how you can supercharge your breakfast smoothie. Instead of taking the elevator, you’re taking the stairs.

Every Detail Counts

Again, these are all very small changes on their own. But combined, they make a huge impact. The same thing goes for the economy and for public policy.

You may not understand at first how something which seems like a very small change can then lead to a drastic, whether for better or worse, difference into the health of the economy. But small changes snowball one after the other, from person to person and day to day.

That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate even the smallest of details and to consider the potential impact they could have. You do it for your own health, you should do it for the health of the economy as well.

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Why Every Child Should Have a Government Subsidized Laptop

Education is a staple in American society these days. It’s no secret that the more educated you are, the more success you’ll likely have in life.

That being said, what is the pinnacle of education these days? We believe it’s technology. So, if technology will boost people into better education, why not supply them with the right tools? We believe that every child in our community should have access to a laptop, for free.

We know this may raise several questions, and before you get too upset, we recommend that you read our entire argument. We’ve compiled a list of reasons why we think every child in our communities should have a laptop.

  1. There is an incredibly, infinite amount of access to knowledge on the internet. You can pick up a laptop and have access to anything you want. Would you like to learn about whales? Cool, search for whales in Google and see what comes up. Have an interest in history, philosophy, war, peace, or religion? There is a fantastic amount of resources online. Quite simply, books (at least the amount that can be held in one area) cannot compete with the amount of knowledge on the internet. A child can learn about whatever they desire.
  2. There are great websites that help build cognitive connections in our brains. Websites like Lumosity or Leap Frog will take brain training exercises and turn them into games. It’s really fun, and it helps a lot. There are plenty of more that are available for free online.
  3. If technology is the pinnacle of all that our species has accomplished, why wouldn’t we want to exploit it for our own benefit? It’s a simple question; we think you’ll find it’s a simple answer as well.
  4. The laptops don’t have to come directly from the parent’s pockets 100%. We can use tax dollars and pool them all together so every child has access to a laptop.  This can be a government subsidized program. We think it’s fair to say the already bloated military could spare a few million dollars from their $750 billion budget to we can supply children with learning utensils. What do you think?

This article isn’t meant to take any sort of political lean. We believe that when it comes to education, there is no left or right, blue or red. We believe there should be an equal chance for every child to succeed.

That’s just our take. We’d like to hear what you guys have to say about it. This website isn’t meant to be just us talking and you guys listening. It’s a community; so let us know you thoughts on the matter. Maybe if enough of us feel the same way, we’ll do something about it. Until then, thanks for reading as always.

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Social and economic benefits as the result of mixed-used development in Pacific cities

Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, after its rapid development in two years is now considered as a major tourist spot and sprawling cities in Mexico and is coming as no surprise to many as it has long been recognized as a symbol of urban development practices that contribute to car-centric growth. Residential suburbs are segregated from the city center, where jobs and opportunities are concentrated. These land use patterns contribute to traffic congestion and air pollution and make it difficult for public transport to serve the extremely dispersed population. Together, these adverse impacts are costing city residents and compromising quality of life.

The proliferation of zoning at the beginning of the 20th century contributed to sprawling cities around the world. Residential neighbourhoods sprouted on the urban periphery and in suburbs, giving rise to car-dependent commuter towns. City centres languished, shopping malls replaced commercial streets, and the urban poor were segregated from the wealthy elite. These sprawling cities are increasingly common in developing nations. Buyplaya.info illustrates a worthwhile example: Mexico’s history of dispersion created thousands of single-family houses on the outskirts of cities. The sheer distance to everyday destinations means some families spend 25% of their income on transport. This type of design increased Mexico City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 70% and costs USD 2.5 billion (33 billion pesos) each year in lost economic productivity.

Mixed-use development works against these trends to create inclusive, connected communities. In mixed-use areas, you can find housing, restaurants, services, schools, cultural facilities, parks, and more. This connectivity reduces the need for private vehicles, thus increasing the viability of public transport, walking, and bicycling. For example, Mexico City’s longest street, Avenida Insurgentes, is home to a range of services, residences, and businesses, but traffic congestion initially made the street difficult to access. For these reasons, Insurgentes was chosen as the site for the city’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Metrobús. After the launch of Metrobús in 2005, 100,000 daily car trips were replaced by sustainable transport, easing congestion and reducing the city’s GHG emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons. It’s a powerful example of how mixed-use development supports and attracts sustainable transport, bringing significant benefits for urbanites.

By reducing the need for vehicle travel, mixed-use development also brings shared community space. Plazas, parks, and sidewalks foster interaction among community members – interaction that wouldn’t be safe or possible under a sprawled, car-centric design model. One landmark study of San Francisco compared three neighbourhoods identical except for the levels of vehicle traffic on their streets. It revealed that residents of the neighbourhood with the lowest level of car traffic had three times as many friends and twice as many acquaintances as their more heavily trafficked counterparts. The Riviera Maya area in Playa del Carmen contains similar features, according to BuyPlaya.net.

Finally, mixed-use, public transit-friendly neighbourhoods benefit local economies. They save individuals money on transportation by reducing the length and number of everyday trips and eliminating the need for car ownership. According to Playadelcarmenrealestateagents.com, mixed-use development also supports local businesses by increasing foot traffic. Transport for London found that pedestrians spend up to 60% more money at businesses each month than those traveling by car, while spending less on transportation. Combining mixed-use development with pedestrianization reinforces these benefits.

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Treating Flea Infestation in Your Home and Community

Having fleas on your dog is already an aggravating problem as it is. Imagine if the infestation spread throughout one entire community which is exactly what happened recently. As temperatures kept getting warmer during spring and summer, the likelihood for flea and tick outbreak in households with dogs are also higher as a result of the unusual heat. Some pet owners were caught off guard resulting to a steady and rapid infestation from one household to another.

To resolve the problem, it will take more than one household doing what’s necessary. The entire community must work hand in hand implementing smarter pet care when treating pets. In fact, communities are urged to no longer wait for the usual season to implement flea treatment. There is no better time than now to take action. In other words, pet owners must start to take proactive measures against flea and tick outbreaks before it gets out of hand.

Educating the Community

Getting to the heart of the problem is the key to treating flea infestation in communities. Every household must be educated about how fleas get to dogs in the first place. Only by understanding the how will you be able to put up a strong defense and offense against flea and tick infestations.
One of the most basic things to understand is how fleas and ticks thrives in hot temperatures typically above 70 degrees F and humidity levels from 75 to 85%. A female flea can produce 20 to 30 eggs in a day. Ten of these female fleas can produce thousands in a matter of 30 days. When that happens, infestation becomes a serious threat not only to your dog but to your home.

Treating Fleas the Right Way

Once fleas invade your dog and your home, preemptive measures wouldn’t work as effectively anymore. Treatment has to be more aggressive not only on your dogs but also with the environment. To get the best results, both the inside and outside of your home must be treated.

But first, let’s start with your furry friend. To treat dogs of fleas, there are several things you can do. You can start by combing your dog using a fine tooth comb to get rid of adult fleas. After which, give your pet a thorough bath and use a flea shampoo. Buying flea powder is also recommended to kill both adult and eggs. Ask your vet for a recommendation on flea control products or you may head over to Pet Wellness Guide for the best and most effective choices in the market. Oral medication may also work but only if the infestation is very severe.

After treating your dog, it’s on to the environment including beddings, carpets, and yard and pretty much anything and everywhere your dog has been. Wash beddings, pillow cases and other clothing items with hot water and detergent. You will also need to vacuum the carpet, the couch and every nook and cranny you suspect infestation. You must clean the outdoor environment thoroughly especially your yard. Also recommended is the use of flea sprays as a preventative measure. If flea infestation is a community outbreak, avoid letting your pet socialize with other dogs for now as fleas easily transfer from one dog to another.

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Government Policies and Its Impacts on the Economy

In working for the government as a civil servant, I have the opportunity to gain knowledge and to share my talent for the public sector. Being of service to the people is never an easy thing. It is a very rewarding career. As a public servant, I get the chance to understand the processes and to share what I know for the country. Considering the complexities of running a government and the intricacies attached to public policies and programs, many citizens find it hard to understand how things work.

Using the Internet for Information Dissemination

My blog started out when I was being asked by my friend while we were buying a convertible car seat. During our conversation, she asked me about the policy of the government when it comes to purchasing military equipment, machines and tools. I remember her saying, “What is the point of getting the best air rifle if there are many who are unemployed and the inflation rate is steadily increasing?” According to her, there are a lot of people who find it hard to understand why the government is spending a lot of resources on buying military equipment and machines when there are other socio-economic problems that need to be addressed.

Using the Internet to Feel the Pulse of the People

As a civil servant, my duties and responsibilities go beyond my working hours. And since I have always been compassionate in writing, I set-up a blog specifically created for the purpose of giving government news and covering various economic and community related topics an d issues prevalent in the country today. With many citizens using the Internet to read news and access various kinds of information, I find it a good vehicle to express my thoughts and at the same time offer valuable information to those who want to be updated with the current events.

How Does Public Policy Affect the Economy?

Going back to our conversation, I told my friend that citizens might not understand some of the policies undertaken by the government but there are compelling reasons why it is so. Of course, political and economic factors always come into play and we cannot rule out the fact that every administration has a set of priorities. It is essential for people to understand that government policies are undertaken to give a positive impact not just to the economy but also to address the needs of the people and that includes security.

My friend along with the others might question why there is a big budget allocated for the needs of the military. Yet, we cannot just be complacent especially when there are threats and risks. On a macro-level, if the police and the military has the equipment and tools that they need, it becomes easier and more efficient for them to maintain peace and order. When a society is in order, crimes rates will definitely be lower and it serves as incentive for businesses to invest and it makes the people secured.

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Policies For Improving Health

 The Western countries are facing a social epidemic. Obesity is on the rise thanks to an abundance of cheap, processed food and a general lack of exercising. Most of the people eat easy to get, low-priced meals that have low nutritional value and they fail to exercise for even thirty minutes per week. This is disastrous, as the general health guidelines would advocate thirty minutes of exercise per day, at least five days a week. 

 Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits put a significant burden on the budget of governments. These simptoms develop into diseases like cancer and diabetes in the future.The healthcare costs of taking care of a diabetic patient are enormous, as this disease causes obesity, impotence, eyesight problems, and even cancer down the road. It would make a lot of sense to take care of our health properly in the present in order to not put a significant burden on our society in the future.

 Further evidence suggests that these inactivity rates and bad eating habits have a bad effect in the present. Research has shown that 33% of people living in poor areas of cities fail to complete half an hour of exercise per week compared to 25% of people failing to do so in more prosperous areas of towns. This dictates that only if we would exercise more, we could do better financially, and increase the GDP of our countries. 

 Businesses can help by teaming up with other businesses in order to offer sporting goods for a cut price. For example website owners are more than happy to work out structures where you can buy equipment from them for a low price. For example this website offers a wide selection of comfortable running socks and waterproof jackets for running.

 As you can see, the issue doesn’t concern only the individual. It has a significant effect on societies, businesses, families, and the person affected as well. As the problem has multiple aspects, the solution demands a link between these organisations. 

 Governments can help by putting in place policies that advocate a healthy lifestyle. The first one could be to fund the production of healthy foods such as vegetables and non-processed whole-grain bakeries. The other policy idea, which is gaining momentum in the UK, is to develop healthy cities by investing in the infrastructure. For example installing more stairs instead of elevators can promote exercising. Recently the English government have invested 30 million pounds in developing such healthy cities. 

 Investing in more sustainable and healthy public transportation systems would also be important. One idea gaining widespread attention is to make people walk over short distances instead of taking the bus. The way this could be done is to issue higher fares for short distance travel.

 Governments are also looking to team up with companies from the entertainment industry in order to develop healthier ways of entertainment. Games like the Nintendo Wii that make you move while you play are a step in the right direction, because they promote healthy, active recreation.

 Big sporting events, like the Olympics in London in 2012 are a good chance to inspire people to live healthier lives. The facilities usually stand empty after the events are over, they are not used, but eat up significant money from the government’s budget. It doesn’t make sense to let them stand unused, and not offer them up for public use.

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Inflation On The Rise

When people hear the word ‘inflation’ they usually think of post WW2 Germany and the Weimar Republic currency collapse. Or, perhaps a little more recently, Zimbabwe, where their currency got restructured to the tune of one million old “dollars” for one new one. However, inflation is currently on the rise in North America too, which has major implications for our quality of life.

When the financial crisis of 2008 hit and the stock market, gigantic corporations, and the big banks took a major nose dive. To bail them out, the US Federal Reserve (central bank) began printing unprecedented amounts of dollars to prop up the markets and produce the appearance that everything would be alright and that the economy was “in recovery”. Without getting into the fact unemployment (when measured by historical standards, not the standards adopted in the Clinton administration) has been steadily on the rise, the only thing these actions produced was more dollars in the system, which lead to higher prices for consumable goods.

If you remember, the Canadian dollar, or “Loonie” as it is referred to, actually rose above par with the American dollar for the first time in several decades. This wasn’t a result of the Loonie growing stronger, it was a result of the Dollar becoming weaker from the increased supply of new money entering the system. Canada quickly realized the negative consequences of a stronger dollar in regards to exporting to our American neighbours, and we weakened our currency to pre-crisis levels by printing some money of our own.

So, to keep up with the Jones’, we’ve actually baked inflation into our own currency cake, and it’s starting to show in everyday prices. McDonalds recently eliminated it’s dollar value menu due to the declining profit margins. Gas prices have risen to near record highs again, and regular commodities like grains have raised the prices in the grocery stores too. When was the last time it was acceptable to pay over five bucks for a loaf of bread? It’s not uncommon anymore, as the price of all of our food will rise based on the increased amount of money it takes to produce the same amount of food it did 10 years ago.

As fiat currency continues to be introduced to all western banking systems at an unsustainable rate, expect all of your household items to increase in price in the foreseeable future. Also, while the concept of hyperinflation seems unworldly to most folks living in North America, it is really only a few irresponsible government monetary policies away.

So, what can you do to protect the financial assets you’ve worked so hard to accumulate? Think about moving some of your money into tangible goods, that have intrinsic value. Items like precious metals (gold, silver, platinum) have been an increasingly popular safe haven for investors wishing to protect themselves against the ravages of inflation. Non-central currencies, like BitCoin, although not backed by any real assets, are also exploding in popularity due t the fact that they are out of government hands and cannot be manipulated by the people in power. People are also paying untold of highs for items like fine art, jewels, antiques and property. These are things that will retain their value against rising prices and can be gifted to members of your family for safe keeping.

Of course, this article is not meant to scare you into thinking the world will end, but it is meant to open your eyes to the fact that our government controlled currencies have a finite useful life. Be smart about what you buy, and where you spend your money.

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Do Shopping Mall Tax Incentives Help the Local Economy?

Shopping mall tax incentives, which are also known as corporate tax incentives, are getting more and more popular in different US and Canadian cities. They are offered by the largest cities, such as Philadelphia and Alberta, even if their governments are already strapped for cash. So the question is, do shopping mall tax incentives really help the local economy? The answer is yes, and below you will find the reasons why.

First, What is a Tax Incentive?
Corporations such as malls are given tax incentives, which are benefits that the company receives in order to invest or perform a desirable action. This is done by a municipality, county, province or state in order to reap a beneficial, socially-responsible action from the shopping mall company.
Shopping mall tax incentives come in three forms. They are:

  • Tax Deductions – Some/all of the company’s expenses deducted from a smaller taxable income.
  • Tax Credits – Expenses subtracted from the total tax amount the entity has to pay.
  • Tax Reduction/Forgiveness – Taxes that need not be paid in a certain amount of time, in return for the company’s favorable actions or investments.

How Shopping Mall Tax Incentives Help the Local Economy
While the local government loses tax revenue along the way, the fact of the matter is shopping mall tax incentives do help the municipal government in a variety of ways. Here are several reasons why mall tax incentives should be adapted by every city in the country:

  • Tax Incentives = More Businesses, More Money - Even if cities levy a smaller tax amount on shopping malls, they actually end up earning more money along the way. After all, tax incentives entice more executives to move their business to a new city. And with more businesses the more the money is spent locally and consequently, more revenues on the part of the city.
  • Tax Incentives Leads to more jobs – More retailers coming to an area means more shopping mall jobs. Some will argue that retailer jobs are not the highest paying and that they do not provide for career opportunities. But healthy economies require a diversity of jobs to provide for the different skills of the residents and to weather hard economic times.
  • Tax Incentives Leads to the Efficient Use of Taxpayer Money – In some cities, tax breaks are offered to companies in exchange for providing their employees with health insurance. While this might lead to tax revenue cuts, it actually helps the government use tax-generated money more efficiently. For example, with more employees enjoying company-sponsored health insurance, the city does not have to lose money on free/reduced-fee healthcare. Consequently, more money is generated because there are no lost taxes because of sick leaves.
  • Tax Incentives Make the Community Better – In the case of corporate entities such as malls, tax breaks are given for favorable actions, such as the construction of green buildings or the installation of energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy sources. Because of tax break savings, corporations take steps that benefit not only the company, but the community as well. With incentives offered to make “green malls,” the city can be saved from pollution and the consumption of non-renewable natural resources.
  • Tax Incentives Gives the Government More Allies – It is a known fact that some local governments are not in good terms with certain industries. Unfortunately, turmoil can be harmful to the community. But with the many benefits of tax incentives, the government and corporations such as shopping mall companies can enjoy a harmonious relationship. In effect, the two can easily partner up for projects that can benefit the company and the community as well.

With that being said, it really comes to show that shopping mall tax incentives help the local economy. With these many benefits, there is no reason why other cities should not come up with their own tax break policies.

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Community Issues We All Face Every Day – Ways to Help The Homeless

homelessnessEvery day in our community, there are problems that we face that affect us all. One of the biggest issues we have to deal with is the fact that there are other people in our community do not have a place to live, and who literally live on the streets or in alleys in cardboard boxes. Typically, people see these poor unfortunate souls and offer them some money (or none at all). While that money is good, there are more things that we in the community can do to try and help those that call the streets their home.

Education About Any Issue Is Always the First Step

When people have an interest in something, they want to learn all there is about it. An example of learning about a hobby is a teenage boy who has a strong interest in cars. That boy may seek out books in the library that talk about things like engines, transmissions, factory wheels, and other parts of a car. By the time that young man goes to high school, he will definitely learn more about how cars run, how to fix the cars, and even doing things like restoring old classic cars with things like their original factory rims and nice paint jobs. This all comes from first hand experience.

After graduation, that young man may go on to a business school where he will learn all about cars from their bumpers to their wheels, and may even earn a living running a global car company. But without education, his dreams may not come to fruition. When it comes to social issues like homelessness, education is the best place to start, so people of all ages will understand what opportunities there are for homeless youth.

Open Up Homeless Shelters

The biggest problem that homeless people have is that they have no place to rest, eat properly, and try and change their situation. We of the community can take any abandoned buildings around town, and find out what it would take to turn it into a homeless shelter. With a shelter, people can have a safe place to sleep, and also it will give them hope and show them that we community residents do care and want them to succeed and get off of the streets.

Donate Items To Local Shelters

Even with a brand new homeless shelter, homeless individuals may not be able to get back on their feet. People can take old clothes, blankets, sheets, or even just call the shelter itself and ask what they will take for donations. Some homeless shelters also take food donations, so if families want to clean out their pantries and donate the food they do not need, that will help just as much as household and clothing. Donating items will help the shelter take care of the homeless people that live there, and their kindness will be rewarded in this life or another.

All of our communities have problems, but a problem like homelessness can be helped if we all work together and do what we can to help those in need.

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Can You Legislate Being Healthy?

healthyRecently, there has been a lot of press about regulating unhealthy foods, sugary drinks, and other junk foods. This has been met with both praise and criticism. Yet the real question remains. Can you legislate people into being healthy? Also, by trying to legislate healthy habits, how does it affect local economies?

If we look at studies on cigarette use, we see that raising taxes on them, decreasing their ability to be advertised, and stricter overall regulations does not truly deter people from smoking. Just in the same way, when the government started restricting fitness supplements. They went after some of the best pre workout supplements and outstanding tasting protein powders but yet it did not nor does it deter many a workout enthusiast from purchasing and preferring them. Many have even accused governments of taxing cigarettes as being a tax on the poor, as the majority of cigarette smokers are below the poverty line, in turn making their money problems worse. So if it doesn’t work when we tax cigarettes, then will it work when we increase the taxes on junk foods? Early polling and data leads us to believe that it will not.

So if the increased taxes on these foods don’t truly deter people from consuming these foods, then what affect will it then have on the local economies? The sad truth is that if a city increases the tax on these foods then people will just travel to another area to get what they want, taking their business and money elsewhere and improving a neighboring economy. This happens a lot at places that share state lines and business who are subjected to increased tax burdens.

Although the reasoning may be to help people live healthier lives, the results simply show that these policies don’t work and they harm local economies. Many have speculated that the better solution is simply educating people about nutrition. If we look at the reason that smoking is down among younger generations today than in previous generations, we can see how educating our children about the dangers of smoking has worked. Therefore, if we begin to educate our children about healthy food choices, we would then start to see younger generations leading healthier lifestyles.

If we look at this from an economics standpoint, we see the benefit as well. Instead of suddenly business going elsewhere due to increased legislation, we would slowly see spending habits change, like from spending on junk food to perhaps personal training services or other healthier lifestyle options. This means that the money stays in the local economy and also urges businesses that currently serve unhealthy options to perhaps change and start serving healthier ones, letting the market dictate and not the government.

As with most things in life, the ultimate answer is not easy, nor is it usually swift. True change takes time. If we begin today to educate people (children and adults), then we will start to see habits change and healthier options will increase as well. We must stop trying to legislate changes in personal behavior because that’s not what a free market economy does and it simply does not work. By teaching people, we help enrich their lives and also positively affect our local economies over the years as well.

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