"Iowa City School District officials considered the one-cent sales tax option for building improvement needs in 2002, but opted for a bond referendum after labor unions and the Johnson County Democratic Party criticized it, calling it "regressive" against low-income residents. A $39.9 million bond referendum passed in February 2003 with 70 percent of the vote.
The district also could pursue a 'shared penny' option, in which it would share the revenue from a one-cent sales tax with another government such as Iowa City or Johnson County. The different options will be discussed at a joint government meeting of district, city and county officials at 4:30 p.m. today at Iowa City Council chambers."
So why does the PC feel the need to do the quote-unquote thing with the word regressive?