Letters to the Editor

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Tag: I-1098

Nov.
8th

I-1098: A tax isn’t needed to help others

Re: “I-1098: Voters cheated themselves” (letter, 11-4).

The letter writer suggests he “should pay a modest state income tax, to help people for whom a greater share of their household income goes to family sustenance.” Since the smartest voters of Washington didn’t buy into the rhetoric of “an income tax on the top tiny percent of personal incomes,” I have a wonderful suggestion for the writer: Call local schools, local churches, talk to his neighbors or call the Department of Social and Health Services and find a family in his community that could use his financial support.

No one has

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: I-1098 is a colossal mistake

Initiative 1098 will levy a state income tax on so called high earners. I am optimistic that once people are educated about this they will vote NO in a resounding fashion.

Please, before you vote, learn the facts. Higher taxes on the wealthy will backfire. Maryland believed that they would bring in $106 million dollars with a special tax on the rich. They didn’t realize that people of means have the ability to pick up and move…and that’s exactly what many of them did. Instead of a hundred million dollar windfall, Maryland lost $257 million dollars! Similar scenarios have played

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Oct.
20th

BUDGET: Legislature must reform budget process

Change is rarely taken graciously, especially when it involves finances. The timing of a financial change can make or break the process, for an individual, a household or a business. And when it comes to government whether local or state that axiom really holds true.

A state income tax is not a new proposal. It’s been packaged several ways but never comprehensively and never presented at the right time. I-1098 is somewhat good in theory but is only a piece meal band-aid that doesn’t go far enough and most of all, its timing is out right poor.

The legislature needs

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Oct.
20th

ELECTION: ‘Not this income tax’? Then which one?

Re “Gates Sr., former Sen. Gorton lead debate over state income tax for wealthy” (TNT, 10-12).

As a student who was present during the I-1098 debate held at the University of Washington, Tacoma, I would say that
Bill Gates Sr. and Nick Hanauer seemed very sincere. They want to fix our broken education system. If an income tax is going to do this, then so be it.

I went into the debate room with an open mind, not taking one side or the other. But, by the time it was over the opposing side didn’t quite convince me enough

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Oct.
20th

ELECTION: I-1098 will dampen investment

Businesses only pursue projects that promise a positive after-tax return on investment. Washington businesses already have to overcome local taxes on their revenues. Adding a statewide income tax will increase the hurdle that every business project must overcome before a business will undertake the project.

Fewer projects mean fewer jobs. It really is that simple.

Some businesses will leave Washington to pursue tax-burdened projects that will not work here. Those that stay will not undertake these projects. Washington loses business revenues and jobs both ways.

Vote no on I-1098.

Oct.
15th

ELECTION: Take the I-1098 tax quiz

A quiz on Washington’s Initiative 1098, the proposed high-earners income tax:

Q: Who said, “You must pay us to have a job”? (a) the mafia (b) the IRS (c) Bill Gates Sr. (d) all of these

Q: You work, take risks, but your profit is forcibly transferred to someone else. You are (a) a slave (b) a robbery victim (c) living under a plank of the Communist Manifesto (d) all of these

Q: Who are the “rich”? (a) Bill Gates Sr. (b) those making $200,000+ (c) through inflation, everyone with a job (d) anyone but you

Q: Coveting is defined

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Oct.
15th

ELECTION: Robbing from the rich robs us all

Washington state politicians taxed our soft drinks, gum and candy, and I didn’t speak up, because it’s not healthy to consume that stuff.

Then they taxed the the income of the rich, and I didn’t speak up, because I”m not rich and figured the rich can afford it.

Then they realized the middle class has far more wealth than the rich, and began to tax my income, and no one was left to speak up because the poor pay no taxes and receive the benefits along with the shackles from taxing the rich and the middle-class.

I then realized that

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Oct.
15th

ELECTION: I-1098 is a great opportunity

When Initiative 1098 passes, everybody wins.

Middle-income taxpayers get a break on the state portion of their property tax. B&O taxes are eliminated for most small business owners, who create 70 percent of the jobs in our state but have to pay B&O taxes even when the businesses don’t make a profit.

Education and health budgets get a stable revenue stream both now and in the future, because a trust fund (separate from the general fund) will be established for the projected $2 billion which will be raised by I-1098. And the wealthiest citizens (couples making $400,000 annually and singles

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