Ben introduces Benatopia, the city of the future. In Benatopia, the government sponsors scientific research, education, and the arts. And, it does all of this without collecting any type of taxes. That, at least, is the plan until Sydney explains the government goods and services cannot be provided without charging taxes to cover the costs.
Essential Question: What types of goods and services do taxes provide a local community or state?
Learning Objective: Students will learn that governments can provide goods and services and pay for them with taxes.
Essential Vocabulary: government, goods, services, taxes, disposable income, algebraic equations
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