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Progressive income tax is a remedy
Washington State needs to completely replace its current tax, fee and toll systems with a moderately progressive income tax. This idea is described in papers on a website, www.future4washington.webs.com. The website also has a paper, "Please vote No on I-1185," and provides an explanation of why.
The current state tax system is not working:
• The state has a debt of more than $16 billion.
• Tuition at the University of Washington has risen 342 percent in 22 years.
• Even though the state's population rises about 70,000 a year, DSHS has lost 3,855 employees since 2008.
• In 2011, 15.4 percent of Washington households reported some level of food insecurity, which means they regularly struggle to get enough food for their families, according to the USDA. The Children's Alliance estimates that 440,000 children in Washington, or 25 percent, live in households where there is not enough to eat."
• Each week, about 150 inmates arrive at the Washington Corrections Center for processing before they're assigned a permanent home in the state prison system.
I believe that a moderately progressive income tax would be a "credible plan" that Republicans and Democrats should consider. Instead hundreds of foundations or caring nonprofits attempting to respond to these problems, the taxpayers would be the "care-providers" that step in and provide funding to $help public education, DSHS and law enforcement to protect them.
An example is given on the website of a moderately progressive income tax. The Legislature and governor would design the actual progressive income tax. Philanthropists could take deductions in the amount of their charitable giving. The same tax system would provide funding for employment training to help the unemployed go to work.
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– Eric Paulsen