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December 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Tax policy: Top 1 percent of Wash. residents need to pay more

I couldn’t agree more with Jonathan Martin’s column “It’s time for progressivism in tax policy” [Opinion, Dec. 7]. Martin cites Silicon Valley and the truth rings for me. I emigrated here 10 years ago from San Jose. I enjoy a great technology-marketing job with a good income. I was shocked to learn that there wasn’t a state income tax, something I’d been paying in both my home state of New Jersey and my adopted state of California.

Paying my fair share is in my DNA, and as a divorced father of two elementary public-school boys I prioritize their education, along with the pay for their teachers, very highly. I also prioritize infrastructure maintenance, good basic health care for all and fair minimum wages, among others. But how do we pay for needed social services without more revenue? It seems to me that a state income tax, or at the very least a capital gains tax, is required.

I’ve taken the drive described by Martin, and others around the state. The landscape dichotomy is striking. It appalls me that in a wealthy region like the Puget Sound area that we don’t ask the top 1 percent to pay more, which frankly would be their fair share.

Mark Orth, Fall City

Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: capital gains tax, Income tax, Jonathan Martin

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