The total actual dollar figure is very important. I am not sure of the numbers, but I imagine that the total amount collected is very sizeable and should have been mentioned in the article. Yes, there are inequities in the system, but it is so much better than letting politicians set the amount of taxes to support their wish lists of "feel good" projects, rather than learning to live within their budget.
If you can, please provide the total amount collected each year since 1978. You may be surprised.
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