Pundits are buzzing about the suggestion in a New York Times article on whether to extend the payroll tax cut that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are considering, as the Times put it in Roberts’ case — “a small increase in taxes for some high-income people who meet certain criteria.” As Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent said: “The fact that these senators are looking for ways around their party’s lockstep opposition to high-end tax hikes could signal which way public opinion is heading.” Sargent added that in Roberts’ Kansas, “1,345 wealthy taxpayers would be hit by the millionaire surtax, to the tune of 1/50th more on average of their income, while 1.6 million of his working constituents would benefit from the extension” of the payroll tax cut.
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