I was more than a bit surprised to hear that Eric Choiniere, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 28th District, professed his opposition to a state income tax at the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Sept. 27.
Last April, I sat on a panel of teachers’ union members in which he did just the opposite: He indicated the need for a state income tax. Talking in a casual and friendly way with union members whose collective bargaining status, he promised, would only be taken away over his “dead body,” the discussion turned to the necessity of generating more revenue for the state to the fund the programs Choiniere so adamantly supported that day.
Someone raised the specter of a state income tax, and Choiniere indicated that he thought such a tax necessary. It was clear to me that he would at least support such a measure, if he would not propose it himself. I’m inclined to take this private conversation more seriously than big public pronouncements.