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TAXES: Sales tax already high enough

Letter by Judy M. Golder, Orting on Dec. 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm with 11 Comments »
December 5, 2011 2:21 pm

Raise the sales tax? We all ready have one of the highest state sales tax in the nation.

If state money managers are seriously looking for ways to balance the budget, why aren’t they stemming the flood of fraud, waste and abuse of resources within their own purview?

I’m appalled at the daily media reports regarding government mismanagement, waste of funds, mysterious losses of funds/assets, fraud, corruption and scandal at every level of our city, state and federal government.

If I were fiscally irresponsible with my household budget and couldn’t pay my bills, should I expect the other taxpayers in the state to pay them for me? For heaven’s sakes, we are paying these elected officials to do a job for us,  not to come crying for more money when they fail to adequately perform their jobs.

With “average Joe” taxpayer bailing out banks, mega-corporations, government programs and even other countries, what will happen when average Joe taxpayer has no money left?

 

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  1. sandblower says:

    Examples would help Judy instead of just shouting as loud as you can. Waste and fraud in government is no greater than in private businesses.
    Just say you don’t want to pay any more in sales tax because you don’t care about the people who might benefit and leave it at that. The other stuff is simple refuse.

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    The state needs to raise sales tax so these people can stay in their houses.

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/Feds–Seattle-welfare-recipient-lived-in-million-dollar-home-134943613.html

    Keep up the good work to starve the beast. Deny sales tax to the state. Pay cash, shop online, go to Oregon, pay under the table for labor, demand business not charge you sales tax or you will walk. We will never have reform in this state until we starve them of money.

    Can’t the dems in Olympia come up with one idea they can call bold reform? A coward cuts the budget. A leader leans the government, makes it smaller and live within it’s means. We do, why can’t the state.

  3. alindasue says:

    Portion of the state may have one of the highest sales tax rates in this country, but you have to consider other factors as well.

    For instance, when we visited Maui recently, the sales tax was only 4.5% – however that tax applied to EVERYTHING including all food and prescriptions. Also at the hotels, they collect a daily “energy tax” on top of the usual hotel taxes.

    Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax but they do have an income tax, plus a number of not-real-estate property taxes. In fact, Washington is one of only seven states that do not have some form of income tax. The only state in the entire union that does not have any form of state or local sales tax and/or income tax is New Hampshire – nope, on further look, New Hampshire charges some sales taxes too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States

    “If I were fiscally irresponsible with my household budget and couldn’t pay my bills, should I expect the other taxpayers in the state to pay them for me?”

    When our money was too tight, my husband (on the advise of a credit counselor) went out and got a second job. You, me, and the other taxpayers ARE the state. We are not asking Idaho and Oregon to help pay our bills. We have to pay for them ourselves. Given that sales tax is our state’s main source of income, I don’t feel that it is unreasonable to ask me or you to add .5% (I think that was the suggested number) to the tax I pay on the few taxable items that we buy in order to help balance the budget and preserve services.

  4. alindasue says:

    taxedenoughintacoma,

    The rare case of fraud, if the story you linked to does indeed involve fraud, does not make enough difference in the state budget to be worth notice. Denying sales tax to the state would indeed “starve the beast”, but I suspect it wouldn’t actually be the beast you intended to starve.

  5. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Waste and fraud in government is no greater than in private businesses.

    A laughable moral equivalence that only the most blindly liberal could rationalize.

    The reality:

    “Waste” in the private sector leads to losses, and losses lead to failed businesses. With the rare, and notable, exception of a few “too big to fail” industries, losses in the private sector are neither funded, nor covered by the taxpayers.

    “Waste” in the public sector is business as usual.

    “Fraud” in the private sector is a crime, and crime in the private sector leads to jail.

    “Fraud” in the public sector leads to suspension with pay until the bosses can figure out how big of a severance package it will take to get rid of the offender(s)/scapegoat, after which the price is quadrupled (at least) when the offender/scapegoat prevails in the subsequent lawsuit.

    HTH

  6. sandblower says:

    Vox says: ”
    A laughable moral equivalence that only the most blindly liberal could rationalize.”
    Not even close if you look at the data. And the penalties match too.
    Care to go further with your extreme right wing nonsense?

  7. muckibr says:

    Read my lips, “NO NEW TAXES!”

  8. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Not even close if you look at the data. And the penalties match too.

    So link “the data” and we’ll all have a look.

    “Extreme right wing nonsense”?

    Even more insightful, sandy, to know that you believe the consequences of poor government personnel and fiscal management are equivalent to the private sector – and to disagree is “extreme right wing nonsense”. Spoken like a genuine government worker.

    We see the results of poor governance in the topic of the letter – ever higher taxes. I have operated a business in Tacoma/ Pierce County for going on 36 years now. The sales tax in this county remained steady at 6.8% for about two-thirds of that period of time, and had remained essentially the same for some time prior to the start of my business. How many sales tax increases have we endured over the last 12 years?

    Something is going seriously wrong in government. And, unlike the private sector, there are no consequences as long as an uniformed public continues to feed the monkey.

    When/ if you awake from your aboriginal dreamtime to find the public sector no longer exists in the US, to the extent it can continue to support government and taxpayers, who will be to blame? Who will pay, and who will suffer the consequences?

  9. “Waste and fraud in government is no greater than in private businesses.”

    Who cares if someone wastes in private business. That isn’t my money. Did you see in the news the people with the 1.2 million (yes million) dollar house on lake washington were getting 1200 a month in housing aid.
    INCREDIBLE

  10. commoncents says:

    jrdndd – Do you have facts on that couple? Did they own that home or were they just renting it? If they are renting it…are they renting it from a family connection? Please share the details…

  11. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    common, here is the link to the story:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/text/2016947132.html

    They owned the house – wifey paid “rent“ to her husband (wink, wink).

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