Speaker Frank Chopp orders his puppet, Reykdal w/ OSPI, to delay until next Wed
Two days ago, we reported that former House member Chris Reykdal, the new Superintendent of Public Instruction, was going to put out a “compromise” tax proposal yesterday. He didn’t. Turns out that Reykdal’s former boss, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, ordered him not to. He told him to delay putting it out until next Wednesday.
Did our email update mess up their carefully crafted canard? Who knows. I’m just glad that we exposed another one of the Democrats’ sneaky tactics to raise taxes.
When will Democrats finally face up to the fact that it is simply not possible to raise taxes year after year after year.
We have one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, one of the highest gas taxes in the nation, our property taxes are sky-high, car tab taxes are skyrocketing, we’re the only state in the nation to impose massive business taxes on gross revenue, cigarette taxes, liquor taxes, death taxes — all are some of the highest in the nation.
Democrats are constantly searching for the next white whale of taxes. But their tax appetite is insatiable. There’s simply not enough money in the world to satisfy them.
Seriously, how much is enough? Would a sales tax rate of 15% satisfy them? If property taxes were doubled tomorrow, would they finally shut up? No.
And that’s the fundamental problem: at some point, the people have to say “that’s it.” I’d say we’re already there. The tipping point was last year’s multi-decade $54 billion pig-out by Sound Transit. They’ve completely sucked all the oxygen out of the room when it comes to taxes. And the exclamation point has been Sound Transit’s car-tab tax rip-off.
That’s why it’d be a catastrophe if a state or local income tax was imposed. It would quickly metastasize and hit every taxpayer at every income level. Every rate for every income level would then go up each and every year. Why? Because government spending would ratchet up AND EXCEED any increase in revenue.
From our existing tax system, state government is going to get $3 billion more in additional revenue. So with $3 billion in revenue, the Legislature will likely adopt a budget that spends $4 billion more. If they got $5 billion in additional revenue, they’d spend $6 billion more. They always spend more to ratchet up pressure the next year to raise taxes to match their increased spending.
This has been going on for decades. It’s well past time for the taxpayers to stand up for themselves and say “We’re done with this, that’s it.”
Working together, we are making a big difference. Our tax initiatives have saved taxpayers over $35 billion (http://www.
The tug-of-war over taxes continues.