Letter: State’s regressive taxes are tough on seniors

The latest volley of taxes are only the beginning of an expanding regressive system. Washington is the worst regressive tax state in the country. I am seeking a place to retire to affordably, it’s not here. Washington taxes, property, sales, all the nickle and dime tax it is not favorable to a fixed or low-income earner. Eastern Washington favors better that Pierce, King, Snohomish counties; but even they pour tax revenues into Seattle pet projects, such as tunnels and the 520 bridge.

The recent Proposition 1 has Snohomish County Council and sheriff wanting to penalize voters for its failure, threatening basic public services we have already been taxed for. Sheriff Ty Trenary immediately talked about cutting services because of the failure, yet sent out deputies with social workers to count the homeless? We are now No. 2 in the nation for state gas taxes, next year we will be No. 1, passing up California. The newly imposed tax on vehicles will do little for rural infrastructure, that money is being used to fund Seattle’s big dig and feed their projects. The next big tax want is for rail transit. Washington has a insatiable appetite for new taxes, lead by Jay Inslee.

Jim Hill

Lake Stevens

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