Washington State’s tax system hurts the poor and fails to fund what people need.

For many decades Washington State has had THE MOST REGRESSIVE tax system of any state in the nation.  This means RICH PEOPLE PAY FAR LESS THAN THEIR SHARE — and POOR AND WORKING CLASS PEOPLE PAY FAR MORE THAN THEIR SHARE.

Washington is one of just a very few states with no income tax.  (Decades ago the state Supreme Court said it would be unconstitutional.)  Instead, we rely very heavily on the sales tax.  Poor and working class people spend nearly all of their money, so they pay a lot of sales tax, while rich people put more of their money into savings and investments.

POOR AND WORKING CLASS WASHINGTONIANS ARE SUFFERING by not being able to pay for housing, health care, and other needs.  The State Legislature should fund them, BUT THE STATE DOES NOT BRING IN ENOUGH TAX REVENUE TO PAY FOR WHAT PEOPLE NEED, so poor and working class people suffer.

Some good non-profit organizations are urging the State Legislature to change our tax system so rich people will pay more.  I strongly believe that RICH PEOPLE HAVE THE GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY FOR THE POLITICAL-ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT MADE THEM RICH!

Sign the petition now

Gov. Inslee has called for a progressive tax on capital gains — and for appropriations for housing.  Read an organization’s summary here




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org