Election Year Tim Burgess is a lot more fun that Regular Time Tim Burgess because for all of his NIMBY-loving, pro-police, anti-homeless bullshit, he can actually be really insightful. Plus, because he’s desperately trying to one-up Jon Grant and John “Rocker” Roderick, he’s actually doing things and saying stuff and making things happen.
It’s really an exciting turn!
Anyway, today on his blog — WHICH IS STILL ON TYPEPAD. Confidential to Tim: We are available for hire. We can help you set up a Tumblr. It’s fun! — he pointed out some pretty real realities that don’t have a ton to do with Seattle-specific policies (unless we roll out a city-wide income tax, which we could do!) but are very important.
From the Burgess blog:
If Washington had instituted an income tax of 10.6% on personal income in 2005 — AND eliminated the business and occupation tax (a corporate income tax on gross revenues), the sales tax and the property tax — the state would have still collected an additional $28.4 billion in the last 10 years, more than enough to adequately support our underfunded education system, provide more financial support for affordable housing, and fund our transportation system so vital to economic stability. Importantly, the unjust burden would be lifted off those living in poverty.
And like, Burgess is right: Washington has a fucking terrible tax system. It’s something that our state legislators are struggling with now because we have, time and again, failed to find real, actual solutions (LIKE AN INCOME TAX) and instead have just been like “gulp! Hope next year some money falls out of the sky or all of the children educate themselves or something!”
And unfortunately, there’s not a whole ton we, as a City, can do to curb it.
But, you know. There’s a Governor’s race on pretty soon. And one of those dudes actually wants to make the problem worse.