Thursday Evening Owls: Washington state lawmakers ponder a 1% wealth tax


Many witnesses identified that Washington state has probably the most regressive tax methods within the nation, with no earnings tax, a weak company tax system, and an overdependence on gross sales taxes. “Low earnings households pay 18 % of their earnings in taxes whereas the very rich pay lower than 3 %,” noticed John Burbank from the Financial Alternative Institute in his testimony.

“This state is an excellent place to lift a household and to plant roots,” stated Mary Curry, a Tacoma resident and proprietor of a day care heart, in testimony earlier than the committee. “However how do I construct when the tax legal guidelines are so harsh to the working class corresponding to myself?”

Washington state has been hammered throughout the pandemic, with practically 312,000 state residents falling in poor health from Covid and 4,300 deaths. An estimated 2.1 million of the state’s staff misplaced jobs throughout the accompanying recession. The state authorities is going through a three-year price range hole of $3 billion.

“Wealthy millionaires like me pay lower than what staff pay, even those that are barely getting by,” stated Dan Value, CEO of Gravity Funds. “Even after this tax, billionaires will nonetheless pay a decrease proportion than working folks right here… We have now a $3.3 billion price range deficit that must be closed. There’s a straightforward strategy to shut it.”

A variety of legislators pointed to research by the Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Coverage Research (IPS) on the rising focus of billionaire wealth. As of February 2019, Washington state’s 13 identified billionaires had $293 billion in wealth. By January 29, 2021, their complete wealth had elevated to $474 billion. Within the final 10 months, beginning with the pandemic lockdown in mid-March, Washington state billionaires noticed their wealth surge by a mixed $151 billion, a rise of over 47 %. […]


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On this date at Each day Kos in 2007—The Wages of Bigotry:

After they’re attempting to get you to vote for that referendum that bans same-sex marriage*, they let you know that it is all about The Sanctity of Marriage, and Defending Spiritual Freedom, and that in fact it isn’t about Screwing Over Homosexual Individuals.  It isn’t going to disenfranchise anybody, they are saying—it is about setting some common sense limits.

Actions have penalties, although, and the folks of Michigan are about to appreciate that their 2004 vote to ban same-sex marriage did, in reality, relegate a complete class of residents to everlasting second-class standing. As a result of the Michigan Court docket of Appeals held at this time that the homosexual marriage ban additionally bans same-sex home accomplice advantages. […]

So even a quasi-autonomous public entity just like the College of Michigan is now prohibited from providing a few of its prime staff home accomplice advantages. Single opposite-sex companions, in fact, can proceed to take pleasure in the advantages. However homosexual staff and their households are SOL, even when they have been receiving household advantages for years. Is that what Michiganders anticipated once they handed their marriage ban? Who is aware of. However no matter what they anticipated, <>this is what you really get while you vote for a feel-good “safety of marriage” referendum.  It doesn’t matter what its purveyors let you know, when you learn it intently sufficient, someplace buried within the advantageous print, you will discover the wages of bigotry.  As we speak, we’re reminded that they finally come due.