I love hearing oaver an over how we in Washington are taxed to death, and how it is so much better everywhere else. (these folks obviously live here for the weather). Smoe numbers:
Is Washington a high tax state?
The latest figures from the conservative Tax Foundation just came out, and it turns out, um… no. According to the report, state and local taxes average 11 percent of the nation’s income, while WA’s taxes average 11.1 percent, landing it smack dab in the middle of the pack. And that’s after a big jump due to a voter approved, 9-cent increase in our gasoline excise tax. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are projected to hit over $4.00/gallon this summer, and we’re hearing nary a peep of concern out anti-tax Republicans. Hmm.
How about who is above us?
United States Average 11.0%
New York 13.8
Rhode Island 12.7
New Jersey 11.6
Not exactly a blue-state sweep.
Now I will grant that we have a totally horked regressive tax structure that is not business-friendly, but the basis for the tax-elimination crowd just isn’t there. Some smart policy and a income tax would probably work wonders.