We talk a lot about how Washington’s tax code is wicked regressive, but not everyone has a super-firm understanding of why that is or how it works or if it could ever be improved. Which is fair! Taxes are fucking complicated!
But basically, the issue is that, though tax payers shell out plenty of money each year to keep the roads paved and the schools open and the government officials paid (you may have seen people whinging about this in recent weeks regarding the school levy propositions), the state’s revenue sources are pretty busted.
This video explains some of why this is—particularly, that we balance a large portion of our books on property taxes and sales tax, both of which a.) disproportionately impact lower-earners, and b.) really don’t allow for much growth or expansion. Despite the additional folks we’re adding to the city, property and sales tax simply don’t keep up. They do, however, place undue burden on poor people:
What this video fails to mention is why we have the 1% property tax cap. Because, though homeowners often kvetch about how they’re getting gouged on property tax, the truth is that actually, property taxes have been artificially kept down thanks to none other than Tim Eyman. And though a re-instatement of the cap was (kind of) bipartisan, the truth is that tax and policy professionals know it’s one of the reasons why the state and local governments are facing huge shortfalls.
Anyway, the point is that if you really want to see a more equitable tax base—or if you just want to not see most of the budget propped up by sales and property tax—you should probably get on board with a more progressive tax system, like one with an income tax (which basically ensures that people who earn a lot also pay into the system to a more equitable degree).
So now you know! This is what we mean when we talk about our tax system.
A few years ago if you had told me that marijuana would be legal for recreational use I would have told you that you were insane and then if you had told me that I would be hired to go photograph a warehouse full of it I would have laughed at you. It’s amazing how things change. Shot this for a new producer/processor called Green Kiss.
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