What is it when the government requires payment of an in-kind tax, collected in the form of mandatory service hours?
In the state of Ohio, it's called "volunteering."
When I look up "voluntary," though, I find something like "of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled." Hmmmmmm......
A survey, from a tv station web site:
If House Bill 519 passes, would you volunteer at your child's school or pay the fine?
Choice____________Votes___________Percentage of 1632 Votes
Volunteer ________926_____________ 57%
Pay Fine _________706 _____________43%
They should have offered another choice: "Move to another state, where there are actually some jobs that pay higher than the implied wage of $100 / 13 hours = $7.70/hour"
I volunteer a lot at my kids' school. But requiring voluntary donations is nonsense. I predict that teachers will NOT enjoy policing petulant parents. I mean, can you imagine the teachers at 2T's school, trying to tell Angus how to "volunteer"?
(Update: Speedmaster posted on this first, and better)