Taxpayer relief, state’s revenue structure leave vital services in sad shape

Commentary | March 13, 2002 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

While the rest of the nation may be on the threshold of an economic rebound, our state remains mired in recession. Because our government depends on sales and business taxes, which go down in a recession, the state is now unable to fund crucial services. We are in a pickle. Since 1991, the state has cut spending by more than 5 percent per resident. Taxpayer dollars to the state have dropped by 12 percent per resident. Meanwhile, demands for state services have increased.

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