February 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM
State transportation package includes gradual 10 cent gas-tax increase
Income tax should be prioritized
Please give us a state income tax [“Gas, car-tab taxes drive Dems’ plan,” page one, Feb. 21]. We are already the state with the most regressive tax structure — that is the poor and working class are paying too much of the tax bill. Adding to the gas tax is only going to make that worse.
We need a state income tax to make the rich pay their fair share — and decrease the tax burden on the poor and working class. I’d suggest starting a state income tax at 1 percent of income over $50,000 per year, 2 percent on income over $100,000 and 3 percent on income over $150,000 — and then reduce the sales tax from 8 percent to 7 percent for starters. Let the staff work out the details. Then Gov. Jay Inslee can maintain his pledge not to raise taxes — on the majority of Washingtonians!
–David L. Dittemore, Tacoma
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