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TAXES: Higher gas tax hurts poor the most

Letter by David L. Dittemore, Tacoma on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm | No Comments »
February 21, 2013 2:29 pm

Re: “Roads proposal would add dime to gas tax” (TNT, 2-21).

Washington needs a state income tax. We are already the state with the most regressive tax structure – that is the poor and working class are paying too much of the tax bill. Adding to the gas tax would only make that worse. And we shouldn’t penalize people who have invested in a fuel-efficient vehicle.

We need a state income tax to make the rich pay their fair share and decrease the tax burden on the poor and working class. I’d suggest starting a state income tax at 1 percent of income over $50,000 per year, 2 percent on income over $100,000 and 3 percent on income over $150,000. Then reduce the sales tax from 8 percent to 7 percent for starters; let the staff work out the details.


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