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  •  Washington St. no income taxes (0+ / 0-)

    No personal income tax nor corporate tax.
    Business & Occupation gross receipts tax.
    Sales tax in the 8 to 9% range depending on local option.
    Property tax about 1 to 2% of property value depending on the city, county, and multiple local taxing districts (school, fire, library, parks, etc.).  Much of the prop tax goes to the state.
    Taxes on 'most everything else...gasoline, soda syrup, etc., etc.

    The people here will vote against a state income tax even if it will save them money due to their low income and cuts in property and other taxes.

    •  meant to say... (0+ / 0-)
      No personal income tax nor corporate tax.
      No corporate income tax.  All businesses do pay the B&O tax, property taxes, etc....except those with the lobbying clout to get exemptions in law.
      •  Keep thinking of more (0+ / 0-)

        This is goofy.  Tax receiving governments pay sales tax.  The schools pay sales tax on new buildings, desks, etc.  The library pays sales tax on books, etc.  The city or county or state pays sales tax on new roads, etc.  It is a boost for the city or county budget when the state builds or repairs a road or bridge.  Just goofy.

    •  The problem is that it breaks down in a recession (0+ / 0-)

      which is why we have had massive spending cuts and user fees (no state funds at all for state parks, for instance.)    It works great when there is a property bubble...

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