I would like to commend the writer of the June 19 editorial "Does this tax make sense?" for stating what should be obvious.
To reiterate from the last two paragraphs of the article, "Indeed, the state may be losing considerable more in income and sales taxes than it gains from the estate tax."
Further, "given the competition among the states, estate taxes [in Rhode Island] at that level are increasingly problematical,"
I agree that Rhode Island officials should get current data on whether such a tax makes sense and be prepared to end it if it doesn't.
Should Rhode Islanders see the aging folks move to another state, spend six months of their retirement money elsewhere, and then come home to enjoy our shores for the summer? Do the math.
Why let more folks move away, when the state is already losing business and residents?
Admittedly, it is true the state is facing some difficult challenges; the list is long; many solutions unpopular. Some deserve more attention than they are getting currently.
Our legislators might take note of a good comment or two from the editorial and the populace.