Tuesday, January 26, 2010
CCA has declined to pay a $1 per prisoner per day tax to the city of Youngstown, OH. Their reasoning? They say that because they're acting as “an instrumentality of the federal government,” the fee violates the intergovernmental tax immunity doctrine in the supremacy clause of the Constitution. Oh isn't that nice; you're a government agency for tax purposes, but you claim you should be exempt from FOIA and public records laws because you're not a government agency. I hate you, you damn hypocrites. Either man up and accept the fact that you're performing a governmental function, meaning you submit your records to FOIA requests, or pay the tax. Preferably the former, but hey I'll take what I can get.