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TAXES: Lower sales tax and tax income

Letter by Kerry J. Phibbs, South Hill on March 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm with No Comments »
March 3, 2014 2:22 pm

I think we need to get rid of the sales tax or at least lower it below 5 percent, including all the various county add-on sales tax. Replace it with a state income tax.

Taxes must be raised, not only for education but for infrastructure. You can’t drive a straight line in Tacoma or Seattle because of the potholes. The Republican/Tim Eyman model of less and less tax is turning Washington into a third-rate state. Apparently these people don’t get out of the house or drive much.

In addition there needs to be a public education program that tells the truth that Republicans don’t want us to know: that the infrastructure of Eastern Washington is largely paid for by the taxes of the Puget Sound region; that the people of the Puget Sound region don’t have anything against the people of Eastern Washington, contrary to what a high-ranking Republican alluded to within the last two years; that Washington was a first-class state and it takes money to maintain that status and level of service to the taxpayers.

Often decision-makers turn to small-percentage increases in the sales tax to generate revenue for needs. As the sales tax now is too close to the magic 10 percent line in the sand, no one – no matter how progressive – will support an increase. Dump the sales tax and institute a state income tax.

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