As our state legislation convenes for a “cuts only” effort to balance the biennial budget, the most vulnerable residents of our state will continue to pay a disproportionate percentage of the tax burden.
Washington is already the 35th most disproportionate tax-burdened state in the nation. Governor Gregoire’s suggested increased sales tax would further burden our struggling populations.
The “cuts only” budget does not bat an eye when millions of dollars are granted for Wall Street banks, private jets, trade show display items, cosmetic surgery, and other glaring loop holes. However, the magnifying glass is used to scrape every possible cent from health care, education, and other essential services.
Again, we use finances to bully our vulnerable residents, and justify it by declaring them unworthy of care because they do not contribute enough to society. We expect the one-legged man to run a six-minute mile while the healthy, employed homeowners coast by in their automobiles.
There are plenty of cries against corporate welfare and families on welfare, but not too many people oppose homeowners on welfare. What? Is this a new concept?
Homeowners get a significant tax break when they begin to itemize tax deductions with their mortgage loan interest. Renters don’t have that privilege, but they pay the interest for their landlord.
If you cannot help the needy through the state budget, then donate your tax welfare to a local non-profit that does help them. After all, you can deduct your donation on your taxes next year.