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  •  Washington Has the Single Most Regressive Taxes (7+ / 0-)

    in the US. Or it did when I lived there.

    The job creators enjoy a very Republican treatment by the state. If I were Republican I'd consider touting that.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:59:30 PM PDT

    •  You're right (2+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, auron renouille

      Probably the worst thing about living here.  Incredibly high barriers to small business success and the middle class bears the brunt of taxation.

    •  it still does (2+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Stude Dude

      the lowest quintile of workers pay an average 18% or so of income in state taxes, the highest quintile of workers pay maybe 5% of their income in state taxes.

      In Oregon nearly every worker is between 7 and 9%.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:25:01 PM PDT

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    •  Gooserock - exactly, the state of Washington (2+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Silvia Nightshade

      has NO income tax. The GOP loves that and would likely overstate the case for why Washington is booming.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:48:12 PM PDT

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    •  Still does (2+ / 0-)
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      kyril, greengemini

      And the Seattle Times is at the forefront of maintaining that status. Almost 10% sales tax. No income tax.

      The cited Danny Westneat recently wrote a fairly positive column about the state's tax revolution by initiative mercenary, Tim Eyman.

      I've been unemployed here for quite some time and I don't know much about a boom. is hiring a lot of out-of-towners to staff the half of downtown they have appropriated.

      The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

      by chuckvw on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:44:51 PM PDT

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    •  It does (2+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, chuckvw

      The sales tax is absurdly high, and even so, not actually sufficient for funding the state.

      It's fair to call the western half of the state "liberal", although I think "left-libertarian" would be a better label. But "socialist" it is not.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:31:49 AM PDT

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    •  that's the story in texas (1+ / 0-)
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      no income tax, but sales and property taxes. poorest quintile pay twice as much a percentage of their income in taxes than the next quintile. and each next quintile pays less than the previous.

      "Today is who you are" - my wife

      by I Lurked For Years on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:09:43 AM PDT

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