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December 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Inslee’s budget: New taxes hurt employers

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed three new taxes, and the repeal of five other tax breaks [“‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes,” Local News, Dec. 18].

All these taxes directly impact employers. Apparently, Inslee hasn’t noticed that the unemployment rate is around 6 percent, while neighboring Idaho’s has now fallen to 4.1 percent? It’s a basic economic truth that if you tax an activity more, you’ll get less of it. So, Inslee wants fewer employers and jobs?

Washington government is not known for highly efficient and thoughtful spending. Seattle’s viaduct and tunnel fiasco is one perfect example, but there are others.

The state departments of Ecology and Transportation are the most egregious in this writer’s experience. But Inslee’s actions speak to a complete failure of effective financial management in the administration of state funds.

The new Legislature has a golden opportunity to re-educate the governor on fiscal responsibility during the 2015 to 2017 sessions by cutting waste, fraud and abuse from Ecology, Transportation, and other state departments, while rejecting the governor’s grab for job-eating taxes.

Rick Rogers, Clarkston

Comments | More in Budget | Topics: business, ecology, Gov. Jay Inslee

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