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BUDGET: New revenue could help the most vulnerable

Letter by Gregory Christopher, Tacoma on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:03 am with 11 Comments »
November 9, 2011 12:32 pm

Re: “3 solutions can raise revenue and put state’s budget on the road to recovery” (Viewpoint, 11-8).

Let me compliment Remy Trupin for the courage to say new taxes are needed and the wisdom to suggest a solid plan of action for the budget crisis that has devastated Washington state.

How did we get to this point of economic devastation? Waste in government spending leads the list, however I believe we have been brainwashed by media and the tea party to think that cutting taxes will benefit most of Washington.

Well by now we can easily see that this mindset is destroying Washington at a fast rate. Most of us fell for this brainwashing and voted no new taxes and now we don’t have a job. Was it worth it?

Isn’t the welfare of the most vulnerable worth a penny or two in new taxes? Let’s join Trupin and push his three-point solution in Olympia.

(Christopher is pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church.)

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  1. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but as of today both re federal and state budgets are bigger than years past.

    It is odd that a member of the church is advocating for more redundant govt services. What happened to families and communities taking care of their own? In the past the church took a large role in taking care of the most vulnerable.

  2. cclngthr says:

    In the past, churches provided emergency funding for rent, utilities and other emergency food, through in house food banks, etc. Now the federal government provides this assistance.

    HUD section 8 is not going to be fully funded in 2012 and people are going to be denied assistance if their rents are not within the market value rent scale, which dropped 8.9%. Pierce County Community Action which provides energy assistance also is not going to be fully funded and assistance lkely will be dropped by 10% of what it was last year.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    “Isn’t the welfare of the most vulnerable worth a penny or two in new taxes?”

    NO!!!!

    Not one more penny to this state or local government until we have accountability for the the dollars we now send them.

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    “In the past, churches provided emergency funding for rent, utilities and other emergency food, through in house food banks, etc. Now the federal government provides this assistance.”

    Exactly. So why did the fed govt, a huge, centralized, inefficient bureaucracy, take over a community program? Where is that in the Constitution?

    “people are going to be denied assistance if their rents are not within the market value rent scale” And? They are getting someone else’s money, they should have to follow strict (and cost lowering) guidelines.

  5. cclngthr says:

    concernedtacoma7,
    Regarding market value rents, landlords expect to get more rent when HUD section 8 is involved. The landlords also don’t base their rents on fair market value of the property, or area. I used to live in Parkland and the complex I lived in was a 1 bedroom unit that had no washer/dryer, dishwasher and was less than 500 square feet. No upgrades to the building has been made since it was built in the early 60’s. It originally was designed to be a motel. Rents there when I left was $600.00 a month plus water/sewer and gas. With old outdated housing, rents should be no more than $450.00 a month. The owner of this complex raises rent, but does not pay attention to his building and makes updates to it; i.e. new kitchen design, insulation, bathroom design, etc.

    My current place was completely remodelled 2 years ago with new kitchen/bathroom cabinets, doors, lighting, appliances that are energy efficient, and has been reconfigured for a modern lifestyle, with dishwasher, garbage disposer, washer/dryer, mini bar, and newer windows/insulation. Market value here is higher due to upgrades made and location.

  6. hansgruber says:

    New Revenue=New Taxes?

    It’s like watching an overloaded Phillipino ferry crossing the sea in a typhoon.

  7. blakeshouse says:

    New revenue means nothing more than the expansion of the nanny state!!!!!!!!!Socialist utopias only exist in the minds of those pushing for them not the real world

  8. All fetuses must be born but once born they are on their own.

    So much for Composite Conservatism.

  9. tree_guy says:

    You mentioned the evils of brainwashing twice in your letter. You never engage in brainwashing at your church… do you?

  10. I believe there more than just a few that think Americans do not pay enough taxes.I am not one of them.

  11. lovethemountains says:

    I do not believe that those who consistently vote against new taxes are saying they do not care about the needy among us. They are frustrated and angry at how the mountains of cash we now send to the government is spent. It’s to bad we cannot vote for mandatory efficiency in government.

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