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January 15, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Tax code: Bring transparency to tax expenditures

Thank you for the excellent article on our substandard tax code [“State’s ‘Ford Pinto’ tax system not so easy to trade in,” Local News, Jan. 10]. I am totally supportive of state Rep. Reuven Carlyle’s quest to bring transparency to the hundreds of tax expenditures in our tax code. My fantasy would be that they are all repealed until they are debated and reinstated by the Legislature. Laughable, I know.

Almost every important issue facing the state needs to be understood in terms of its impact on the budget. Every news article needs to give as much context as possible to give us perspective on its cost relative to other issues and what other states budget (per capita ratios and rankings) and the benefits. The inequality of taxation across both income and wealth measures of our residents needs to be examined and reported continually also.

The mantra of “no new taxes” primarily benefits entrenched, profitable companies and extremely wealthy individuals. The 99 percent needs to understand why that is before we can hope to fix it. We need to do that in order to preserve the assets we have and invest in the future.

Christian Saether, Seattle

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