Legalizing marijuana better for state than income tax
I read Joni Balter’s column on how Washington is looking toward voting in an income tax and Oregon is looking at putting on a sales tax [“The tax is greener on the other side,” Opinion, May 21]. Yes, let’s hit up the overburdened taxpayers once again.
Our state and local governments seem to think that the well is bottomless for raising money. I think they should look into more innovative revenue-generating sources other than the standard sales and income taxes. Liquor is the second-highest revenue-generating source for the state of Washington. Why not open the liquor stores on Sundays and allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores?
Another way the state could generate income is to –oh no — legalize marijuana. Millions of dollars of illegal marijuana is destroyed by our state each year; this could be millions of dollars of revenue that would go into the state coffers instead of up in smoke by our local forces. The state and local governments could save millions of dollars by not sending our police force out to catch the perpetrators using weed.
Another source for our state to generate income is to legalize prostitution. Come on — this is the oldest profession in the world, and folks, it isn’t going away no matter how much money we throw at it. In Europe it is legal, monitored and taxed, and would be another great source of income for the state and local governments.
Let’s be real and logical. Would you rather see marijuana and prostitution legalized, taxed and monitored, or would you all like to pay a state income tax? We can put away our Puritan beliefs now, be grown-ups and look to these options to help our schools and build those tunnels and bridges we so desperately need. How about a health-care system for all of the residents of Washington state? Legalize prostitution and marijuana and this could be a reality as well.
Citizens, let’s come out of the dark ages and think of our future citizens and how we can help them now.
— Robert Sondheim, Seattle