While reading CNN Money on Jan. 16 I noticed this article: “States where taxes hit the poor hardest.” Washington was at the top of the list. It was noted residents of Washington who make the least amount of money pay about 17 percent of their income in state and local taxes, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Meanwhile, Washington’s highest earners cough up just 2.4 percent of their income for such taxes. The high tax rate on the poor, coupled with that huge gap in the tax burden between the poor and the top 1 percent, is why Washington ranks as the most regressively taxed state in the nation, according to the liberal think tank’s study. Other states where the poor are bearing the heaviest tax burdens include Florida, Texas, South Dakota and Illinois. There, the poor pay between 11 and 13 percent of income in state and local taxes, compared to the 2-5 percent paid by the highest earners.
And now our state Democrat leaders want to up that burden with more taxes.