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BUDGET: State is most tax-burdened in country

Letter by Stella K. Brumley, Puyallup on Dec. 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm with 37 Comments »
December 6, 2011 2:53 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 37
  1. olympicmtn says:

    Every person who pays income tax (50%) are enduring the pain and more these days. I suggest parents teach your kids early to work. The notion that kids can live off their parents, not work during college or high school is really a thing of the 90’s and the “everyone gets a trophy generation” is passe. We’ll need every person working to bring back this country to where it should be, and that means no welfare benefits for those that can and should work (including corporate welfare).

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    You live in a free country and you can change you situation and join us. All it takes is study hard, work hard, spend and vote smart. I came here with nothing and now live comfortable life. Instead of whining I wake up every morning thanking God I was born in America.

    Please, man up, get a job and don’t wait on government to spread my wealth to you for doing little.

  3. RW98512 says:

    taxedenough – you know, I agree with you 100%. The next time you go off on one of your tax rants, I’ll remind you of the freedom that you have to leave the United States of America and head for a tax free country.

  4. sandblower says:

    The first two posteras are oblivious to the fact that there are not enough jobs to go around and continue to blast the unemployed or underemployed as though it is their fault.
    Bags of rocks abound.

  5. Dave98373 says:

    Stella- You forget that many people have what they have only through hard work and sacrifice. Stop with the envy and the pity party.

  6. cargilekm says:

    I sure miss the days of my parents. An American was judged by the good they did, not how much they have. A proud, patriot knew what they paid to the state in taxes was for the nations good.
    they actually paid a real 50% tax rate, not an imaginary 50%. They wanted good roads, schools and libraries. They were willing to help pay for the insurance called social security insurance, knowing that when their time came the children of their day would gladly keep the system’s promise and help the nation’s elderly, disabled and working poor. I truley miss the real patriotic AMERICANS. AMERICANS that really loved their country more than themselves.

  7. cclngthr says:

    sandblower,
    The first 2 posters are correct. Jobs are available. It takes busting your rear end to get them and keep them.

  8. took14theteam says:

    This letter made no sense. What does that “evil” Wall Street have to do with queen Christine and WA state?

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Cargile- there is a big difference between the spending you are talking about (new highways, dams, bridges) and the spending in DC today. The working man’s tax dollars go primarily to other individuals, not defense or public services.

    The ponzi scheme of ‘insurance’ your/my parents enjoy is theft. They did not pay as much into the system as they will take out.

    An funny how the left jumped right on board with a letter that makes no sense at all. Washington State is not DC.

    And financial bullies? Beggars can’t be choosers. Sustain your own livelihood or be thankful for govt’s charity (a role they should not have anyway).

  10. alindasue says:

    The headline put on this letter doesn’t match the letter. In the letter, Ms. Brumley states that “Washington is already the 35th most disproportionate tax-burdened state in the nation.” That’s 35th out of 50 (51, if you count Puerto Rico as many do.) If that ranking is correct (she doesn’t cite her sources) than only 15 states are taxed less than we are… hardly the “most tax-burdened in the country”.

    The most vulnerable do pay a fairly high percent of their income toward taxes – but in comparison to how much the programs that help them most are being whittled away with each pass of budget cuts, a very small addition to our sales tax to instead keep the programs funded would be hardly a burden.

    sandblower is correct that there are more people needing jobs than there are available jobs to offer. I know several hardworking people who are now in the position of looking for work due to layoffs, and often find themselves applying with 200+ people for the same open position. I know other people who’ve found other work, but the jobs pay less, offer less than full time hours, and lack important benefits like medical insurance or retirement options.

    These are people who do “work hard” and need programs like Basic Health or Community Health Clinics (both facing severe budget cuts and risk being chopped out altogether) to get by. If there’s not enough money available to keep such programs running, then we need to increase the revenue. It’s that simple.

    taxedenoughintacoma – yes, I know your pen-name says it all, but unless you’ve lived in some place like, say, Hawaii, where they have income tax, personal property tax, energy tax, and “General Excise Tax” on everything including food and the other taxes charged (yes, tax on a tax), you don’t really know what being taxed is. We actually have it pretty easy here.

    Of course, you could follow RW98512’s advice and move to a tax-free country – if you can find one…

  11. tellnolies says:

    “there is a big difference between the spending you are talking about (new highways, dams, bridges) and the spending in DC today”

    Good point. Why did we spend so much blowing up Iraq instead of building here?

  12. In terms of total tax burden Washington ranks 13th from the top, with a per capita tax burden of $4,334, and a per capita income of $39,705.

    http://www.e50plus.com/public/202.cfm

    FYI:
    The five most taxed states are Maine, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, and Hawaii.
    The five least taxed states are Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware, Tennessee, and Alabama.

  13. sandblower says:

    ccingthr, you are incorrect. Why are there hundreds of applicants for each job that does become available? You are close to becoming one of those bags of rocks because your ideology obscures your view of reality.

  14. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    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.

    Huh?

    Like most of the rest of Stella’s wandering rant, this entire paragraph has nothing to do with the heading – let alone this state.

    As a matter of fact, only the first two paragraphs managed to stay on her own topic. She must be Kardy’s mom.

    I miss the days when editors edited.

  15. alindasue says:

    Vox_clamantis_in_deserto,

    Remember that the headline is put on by the editors, not the letter writers. In all the letters I’ve written, not one was published with my “suggested headline”. I think the editors really goofed on this one.

  16. beerBoy says:

    Once again the headline editor has created a header for a letter that creates a false impression.

    Don’t blame the letter writer for the headline. It was someone on the TNT staff who did that.

  17. RW98512 says:

    “What does that “evil” Wall Street have to do with queen Christine and WA state?”

    Another reader that doesn’t know that Wall Street drives the spending habits of Washingtonians. Did I mention that we fund on sales tax?

  18. harleyrider1 says:

    Strange. Flat tax – are we ready for it? Everyone should pay taxes, even if it’s only a dollar. We all use America’s infrastructure. I don’t believe there is anything more fair than a flat tax.

    Americans for America. Country first, party second.

  19. RW98512 says:

    “I miss the days when editors edited”

    Those days were “never” in terms of letters to the editor.

    Kardy’s mom knows that. We see what this commenter knows.

  20. Objective says:

    “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.”

    That is governments way to get back at the voters who rely on them, when they(the government)do not get their way.

    Stella stated:
    “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.”

    I found a lot of (so-called non-profit) that is supposed to help- DON’T!!! Like the Tacoma Rescue Mission, I made the mistake of mailing a $50 donation for the holidays. They used that $50 to mail me fancy literature over the next couple months, that probably cost the entire amount, and asking me for more money. If I donate to them again, I will go in there in person and ask what they could use. Then go to the grocery store and get it for them. NO MORE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS coming from me.

    Did you know the national average of charitable donations is approximately $2,000+ a year per taxpayer/household? By the way, itemized deductions only make a difference if it is more than the standard deductions. Then you are only credited with a small percentage of your donation.

  21. Harley – who does not pay taxes?

  22. RW98512 says:

    Objective – you obviously don’t comprehend the development end of a non-profit, but I’m sure that the Mission appreciated your gift.

  23. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Kardy’s mom knows that. We see what this commenter knows.

    LOL

    In fact, in the not-too-distant past LTE’s were selected for content and, in some cases, edited. Under the new format, anything and everything is posted, no matter the content – as long as it is deemed not offensive. And since I do not recall seeing spelling errors in any LTE’s I have read lately, I suspect there is still a bit of editing going on.

    The fact that the editor had to select something for a header… and chose this one, suggests the rambling nature of this LTE…. which was my point.

    Pin the tail on the party mascot.

  24. That’s cool. No longer should we just hate wealthy people, but we should hate anyone who owns a home. Right on, brother!

  25. Washington is already the 35th most disproportionate tax-burdened state in the nation.

    Is there really a “most disproportionate” rating?

  26. took1: “This letter made no sense. What does that “evil” Wall Street have to do with queen Christine and WA state?”

    During the last election, there were radio advertisements paid for by public sector unions advocating keeping liquor sales a state monopoly. In that ad, ran over and over, they actually tried to tie costco’s involvement in the “for” campaign to selling out the state to greedy Wall Street execs. It was so lame, trying to cash in on what they, in their insulated little public sector world, thought was somewhat of a populist movement. (OWS) Anyway, you’d have to be, well, less than bright to actually fall for that stuff, but apparently, the letter writer did, as in her mind, evil Wall Street seems to be the bogeyman in every shadow.

  27. lanq – ones has to be blind, deaf, and dumb to not realize how pervasive Wall Street and the Big Money Group are.

  28. xring, I agree that cronyism is a big problem. The solution is not to go after the people with money who’re trying to buy influence. They will always be there, there will _always_ be people with money trying to corrupt the free market. Always. The key is term limits on congressional committee membership, one term for representatives, half a term for senators. Supply and demand, man. Take away the supply, and you’d see K street turn into a ghost town mos skosh.

  29. Letters to the editor are run verbatim. If there is a typo (sic) is entered.

  30. took14theteam says:

    I believe from past comments that kardy’s mom has already departed to the afterlife. So I don’t believe she had any input to RW.

  31. D.C. has nothing to do with this letter; WA state gives massive tax breaks to corporations.

    Disproportionate tax burden means those with more pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes while those with less pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes. Per capita is simply a head count.

    Nobody with privilege likes to be identified.

  32. HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!! This is exactly what is wrong with the liberal/progressive mindset. “IF I DO NOT HAVE WHAT THEY HAVE, I HAVE BEEN WRONGED!!”. B__ S___, my friend. YOU are to belame for where YOU ARE TODAY, NOT I.

    GROW UP….

  33. I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR YOU………..

  34. Thank-you for proving my point.

    I have a job. I am a homeowner. I have a Master’s degree.
    I help the homeless, the hungry, and the uninsured.

  35. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    dussel, since you are so well papered, surely you understand the distinction between corporate taxes and the taxes citizens of this state pay… not to mention the effect of higher corporate taxes on jobs and cost of good sold… right?

    And then in your very next paragraph you dive right into the disproportionate income/ income tax thing – again with the non sequitur. How does your… point have anything to do with this state’s tax structure?

    Please explain in layman’s terms for we, the great unwashed.

  36. beerBoy says:

    nycal, when you use all caps and multiple exclamation points it reads like a toddler throwing himself on the floor in the midst of full tantrum. Pretty funny when your hysterics include the invective that those who don’t agree with you need to grow up.

  37. Ianq – better to take away both the supply and demand. Anybody trying to bribe an official, any official that takes a bribe, and any one the helps, should do some serious hard time in a prison patterned after the Maricopa County Jail.

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