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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Sen. Patty Murray will fight for sustainable budget

Call on multinational companies to pay fair share of taxes

Sen. Patty Murray is brave to be taking on the task of trying to negotiate with Republicans to find a solution to our pending budget crisis [“Patty Murray’s latest task: Craft budget peace,” page one, Oct. 24].

From shutting down Mount Rainier National Park to threatening benefits of veterans and families of the fallen, the recent closing of our government made the middle class the victim of right-wing Republican ideology.

I hope she will fight for a sustainable solution that focuses on growing our economy through responsible revenue options, rather than cutting Americans’ earned benefits like Social Security, or taking food from hungry children. Big corporations like Microsoft and GE continue to make record profits while avoiding taxes. Many corporations still get a tax break for sending good American jobs overseas. Closing these corporate-tax loopholes is a more responsible approach toward balancing the budget.

Shutdowns, sequesters and other budget crises could be avoided if members of Congress demand that huge multinational companies pay their fair share of taxes. It’s time to change the law, stop the overseas corporate tax dodging, open our government and invest in the U.S. again.

Joelle Craft, Seattle

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