In late November 1974, my friend Mike moved to Maryland for his job. That state had just instituted a state income tax. Initially, the income tax applied to only the rich, and the Maryland county governments had the option of adding their own assessment to the total income tax bill of each income earner. In 1978, when Mike way transferred again, Maryland’s state income tax applied to everyone with an income in the state, and the counties had all maxed-out the portion of income tax they could assess.
I-1098 will do nearly the same thing here in Washington: the income tax will, within a few years, be applied to all of us, not just the “rich,” and all those other taxes that I-1098 promises to reduce will return at their old or even higher rates. Here’s the truth about Washington’s government: it is impossible to transfer enough wealth from its citizens to government coffers to satisfy our state’s government.
I-1098 is just a progressive excuse to seize more wealth from the citizens to fund a bloated, out-of-touch with reality, bureaucracy. If Bill Gates and his dad and the rest of the Seattle elite feel guilty about being wealthy, then, by all means, they should please send a check to Washington’s Department of Revenue in Olympia to ease their consciences.
Please folks, let’s not be like Maryland and vote the pestilence of a state income tax upon ourselves. Please vote “NO” on I-1098.