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BUDGET: State needs more equitable tax structure

Letter by Susan M. Eidenschink, Tacoma on March 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | 1 Comment »
March 14, 2012 1:12 pm

Will the state budget be made to balance without affecting the long-term vitality of our state? Will the budget fund early childhood learning, measures to promote mental and physical health through prevention and wellness, and higher education?

Failing to fund these items will make our society weak and vulnerable in the near future.

What is the cause of our short-sightedness? We are still in a recession, but many of us are not feeling its effects because our tax structure enables many of us to pay a far smaller proportion of our income than others.

Small start-up businesses pay business and occupation taxes on their gross income, while they could use some of that money to build their businesses. Remember, small businesses create more jobs than big businesses in the U.S. Big businesses, like Boeing, are considered special interests to our state and receive huge tax exemptions.

Why aren’t poor people considered special interests in our state? Is it because they don’t contribute enough to the campaigns of our legislators?

Would you like a more equitable tax structure in our state? Contact your legislators to help them have the political will to fund our most precious resource – people – and make our tax structure fairer for all Washingtonians. I would gladly pay more in taxes to contribute to the vitality of our state.

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