Re: “Inslee revived tax talk after Nov. 8,” (TNT, 1/1).
The issue of taxes has picked up negative connotations. Taxes are a good as long as resources are spent judiciously and government processes transparent. Also, we cannot have an open discussion about taxes without a discussion about infrastructures that continue to feed wealth inequities.
Good governance and tax systems should be tailored to support shared social infrastructures, citizen well-being and the protection of natural ecosystems, all of which are foundational to all civilizations.
With regard to Gov. Jay Inslee’s tax proposal: A carbon tax is a good way forward in addressing the real issues of global warming. Dumping garbage has a cost, whether you dump it curbside or into the atmosphere or waterways. Industries need to apply proven technological fixes to this behavior, or else pay the cost of their waste stream.
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The governor also proposes a capital gains tax, and I can’t understand how this is really an issue. How could this increase be a burden to those so financially secured?
And a raise in the business and occupation tax by 1 percent seems reasonable, as long as there is protection for truly small business owners, farmers and rangers in the state.