Enough already. Now legislators are going after retirees' agreed to cost-of-living increases.
There are lots of Microsoft millionaires, Amazon.com millionaires, Starbucks millionaires, Boeing millionaires, T-Mobile millionaires, PACCAR millionaires, and well-paid state employees doing just fine in Washington.
Instead of furlough days, cutting our salaries, raising our health care contributions, and ultimately cutting our jobs and the programs we run, just tax us.
I’d rather pay my fair share of an income tax than see reductions in the programs we care about and the remuneration that affects our spending ability and retirements.
Democrats should see this clearly, and Republicans should be responsive. Here’s a recipe for dealing with the revenue gap:
• Enact a temporary income tax that sunsets in two years. Make it practical and progressive – no one making less than $50,000 owes anything; those who make the most pay the most.
• Lower the sales tax a percentage point or two – maybe even give local jurisdictions a greater cut. Don’t make it revenue neutral, that would defeat the purpose, but stimulate the economy a bit.
• Dedicate the income tax. Make all of us pay for essential services affecting people’s lives with the sales tax.
Make those of us doing better pay for all the programs that are important, but fall away during hard times – like parks and recreation, arts, fish and wildlife, environmental protection.
Let’s each do our share, but let’s do it in a smart way.
Stand up folks — all who are fortunate.