Letter: State needs to spend within its income limits


Tuesday March 25, the Washington State House of Representatives released its proposed budget. Listening to an interview with the House minority leader yesterday afternoon, he pointed out that, over the last seven years, the state budget has increased 70 percent.

I don’t know about anybody else, but my income sure has not increased 70 percent during that time.

With an increase in revenue over the last two years and even greater increased income for the next two years, what do the leaders of the state want to do?

The governor, attorney general and leaders in the House and Senate want to impose even more taxes.

The voters shot down the idiotic carbon tax initiative, which would have increased the cost of living greatly across the state this last election. It is now being brought back by the Democratic-controlled House, against the will of the voters.

This new proposal could add up to 20 cents per gallon of gas, estimates say.

They also want to install a capital gains tax, which, according to the IRS, is an income tax, which is against the Washington State Constitution.

The hope is that the Washington State Supreme Court would support it for political reasons, not constitutional, even though it has been rejected by the voters at least six times in previous years.

The Washington state Legislature, over the last decades, has shown how greedy it is in an apparent effort to copy California’s reckless spending that has virtually bankrupted the state.

It is time to tell the legislators in Olympia that enough taxes are enough.

If we, the citizens of Washington state, have to live within the boundaries that our income establishes it is past time the state should do the same.

Joseph Moreland, retired USN CPO.

Oak Harbor

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