Finland’s link between taxes and prosperity

Commentary | June 1, 2016 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

Imagine living in a relatively small nation, where per capita income is $11,000 less than in Washington state, and the only natural resources are timber, water and ice. People pay a 31 percent tax on personal income in excess of $82,000, a value-added tax of 14 percent on food and restaurants, and 24 percent on most other goods. Yet they are, by many measures, better off than most Washingtonians. How?

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