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March 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM

State budget: Less spending as a solution

In response to The Seattle Times’ editorial “Time for Olympia to do the hard work on the state budget” [Opinion, March 2], once again we have the old problem of not enough income for the current spending level desired in Washington state.

Again we hear the call for “a frank reassessment of the state tax structure,” translated as a new state income tax. Can the problem be one of too much spending? Does our state set up programs with startup money and then need taxes to fund those programs?

The editorial talks about the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, which was set up in 2005 with money from the tobacco settlement. This small item sums up our situation very well: “Pressured by the state teachers’ union.” As long as our leaders cave to the demand for more and more taxes, there will never be an end to that sucking sound coming from your wallet.

A novel thought: How about less spending?

Wayne J. Wolf, Federal Way

Comments | Topics: Income tax, state budget, Wayne J. Wolf

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