Gov. Chris Gregoire and her cronies do not speak for me when she says "the people" want cuts and not taxes.
I don’t know of any commuter who wants to cut our transportation department, thereby worsening most commutes.
Who wants to cut education for our kids? Do we really want to remove medical services for those who cannot afford health insurance?
How long will state workers be blamed and punished for an economic crisis they did not create? Most responsible people willingly pay their share, but find our flat sales tax unfairly shifts the burden to families with the smallest incomes. We all know you cannot fund highways, parks and schools with user fees and bake sales.
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The majority of Washingtonians who make less than a quarter of a million dollars need not fear a truly progressive income tax system. Those with the large bank accounts should feel obliged to contribute more. After all, their enormous incomes are based on all our labors.
While foundations set up by the elites do some good, that is only half the effort. Large Washington corporations who hire mostly temps and export jobs should be taxed for destroying living wage jobs.
And small businesses doing the right thing should enjoy a reduction in payroll taxes as we put people back to work.
It’s all about fairness. Do the politicians have the backbone to say “no” to lobbyists and the selfish few who put their gigantic incomes and assets before the welfare of our communities?