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STATE BUDGET: Taxes are the dues we pay as citizens

Letter by Mary Bartley, Tacoma on Aug. 10, 2010 at 10:27 am | 23 Comments »
August 10, 2010 3:11 pm

Re: “Actions are hampering recovery” (letter, 8-9).

The writer argues that state budget cuts are slowing economic recovery. He has a point. But what does he propose?

The simple fact is that Washington, like states throughout the country, must balance its budget by either cutting services or increasing taxes.
Unfortunately, too many of our citizens live in a fairy tale land where they have all the roads, education, medical care, etc., that they want and government provides all the services needed to protect our health and safety – all somehow paid for without raising taxes. Or, even more illogically, they believe that tax decreases will magically increase revenues.

It is time to grow up and put the fairy tales aside. Taxes are the dues we pay for being members of our society. Our elected representatives need to find the gumption to say this out loud, and we need to reward, not punish, them when they do.

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