How often have conservatives complained that Washington State's tax policy is too mean to businesses and too nice to poor people?
That gripe is empirically bullshit, and has been for years, but two recent studies make it extra-plain:
1) Washington State is 6th in the nation when it comes to business-friendly tax climates. ("Only Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska and Florida are less burdensome for businesses.")
2) Washington State is 1st in the nation when it comes to over-taxing the poor. ("Poor families pay 16.9 percent of their total income in state and local taxes. Compare that to neighboring Idaho and Oregon, where the poor pay 8.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, of their incomes in state and local taxes—far less than in Washington.")
Please make a note of it.
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