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EDUCATION: Put kids before oil companies

Letter by Julie Shafner, Tacoma on April 2, 2013 at 9:20 am with No Comments »
April 2, 2013 9:45 am

Re: “Oil refiners gird up to do battle over state’s ‘extracted fuel’ tax plan” (TNT, 3-31).

As a mother focused on providing a bright future for my kids, I believe Gov. Jay Inslee has his priorities in the right place with his list of proposed budget loophole closures.

Closing a lucrative and outdated tax loophole for oil companies so that we can fund education is only fair. These oil companies are making profits many times the size of our education budget shortfall, and should do more to support funding our children’s education.

This loophole is also about our values as a state. Are we committed to funding education and our kids’ future? Or are we content to give massive handouts to profitable, polluting oil companies? We have to pay taxes on the fuel we buy; so should the oil companies.

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