The reported unemployment in many of Washington state’s counties is in double digits. The people have repeatedly passed initiatives demanding a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to increase taxes with the wish spending would be frugal. The people want jobs created by the private sector.
Gov. Jay Inslee promised the public that taxes would not be increased, which implied spending would be frugal. His proposed budget increases spending by 10 percent, an increase that would be funded with miscellaneous taxes and fees that are rationalized as innocuous.
For instance, he proposes elimination of so-called business and occupation tax breaks, which would tax the private businesses that are the only institution in the state that creates employment without cost to the taxpayers.
He will not tax students attending our colleges, but increase their tuition making higher education almost impossible except for the rich and foreigners. He will give tax breaks to the clean energy section, a factor other states have found reduces tax revenues as well as increases the cost of energy to the ratepayers.
He will not tax, but “raise” money from bottled water, trade-in-vehicles, beer, etc. However the unemployed in depressed counties will be gratified to know that the money raised from more costly water, beer, vehicles and much more will fund $660 million to increase the compensation for state employees.