Chicken Little is alive and well. “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” Or is it just our elected officials sounding like Chicken Little with dire prophecies of gridlocked traffic, businesses strangled, bridges collapsing and a Legislature apparently so exhausted by the efforts to improve our quality of life by raising taxes, that its may not even try to raise taxes again for years. Say what? No new taxes? I think I could live with that.
What I can’t live with is the constant whining of the business community about the taxes they have to pay in this state. How odd, because I sure don’t see business picking up and moving elsewhere. Maybe over wage issues, but not taxes. Some are even thriving on tax subsidies.
What I can’t live with is transportation officials’ refusal to include more tolls in their financial plans. Why not? Tolls work elsewhere and are the ultimate user tax.
What I can’t live with is the indifference shown by government to complaints about waste and inefficiencies and incompetence in agencies such as the monorail board, the Port of Seattle, DSHS, DOT, etc. Whistle blowers ought to be knighted, not crucified.
Government should be run like a business. Accountability is paramount and absolutely necessary to regain voter confidence. We need real, mandatory performance audits. No more trying to slip a gas tax by that can’t be rejected by taxpayers. Everthing should be presented above board, telling us what we are going to get, when it will be done and how much it will cost. Do these things and the sky won’t fall. Don’t do these things and the next thing to happen is a California-like Proposition 13. Initiative 912 is just a start.
Don C. Curtis