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  1. mike says:

    These graphs mean absolutely nothing. The fact is is that the state is just looking to get their foot in the door so that they can get a state income tax in place. Once they have their foot in the door, and should this terrible initiative pass, then it only takes a simple majority in the legislature to tax EVERYONE.

    Do not be fooled, the state is simply looking for a way out of the hole that it dug for itself by not cutting spending.

    • Mike:

      First, Initiative 1098 is written by and for Washington state citizens; Bill Gates Sr. has spearheaded the cause along with many others, and state politicians have had little to nothing to do with it.

      Second, Initiative 1098 includes a requirement that any changes in tax rates or income levels be subject to a public vote. Here’s the text from the initiative:

      “The excise tax rates in section 501 of this act may not be increased for any income level without a majority vote of the legislature and submission of the changes to the people for approval.” Read it here: http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/text/i1098.pdf

      This is Washington, where the people decide. Even the tax increases passed by legislators this year are on the ballot and subject to a vote of the people — and the same would no doubt be true of any change in Initiative 1098’s provisions.

      Third, Over the past 3 years, Washington state has already cut $5.1 billion in investments in preschool to universities, public safety and economic development, health of people and the environment, and economic security. We’re facing down another $3 billion shortfall in the upcoming session thanks to the recession. The result? Parks are closing, library systems are struggling to maintain services, K-12 class sizes are growing, public safety officers aren’t being hired…

      In other words, if we want to keep Washington’s economy vibrant and competitive in the global market, we have to fund high-quality K-12 and higher education systems, and maintain the critical public services that promote a highly-skilled workforce and high quality-of-life.

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