As usual, the latest session of the Washington State Legislature (third “special” session) has found ways to forcibly extract more of their hard-earned money from taxpayers. Yes, to your ostensible “representatives”, all you are is a bottomless source of funds for them to spend (waste?). And when a small tax reduction was attached to the latest state budget (reducing the gross-receipts “Business and Occupation” tax for all manufacturers, not just The Boeing Company), the governor VETOED it, appalled that it would COST THE STATE money! The implied sentiment here is that all the money earned by corporations and state residents is assumed to belong first the Government, and any money they let you keep from your paycheck, costs the state those funds. See how it works? Here are some of the things the WA legislature did to reduce your disposable income.
They voted into law a Paid Family Leave act. Each week, you will pay about $1.42, and your employer will pay $2.42. Which isn’t strictly true, since your employer doesn’t pay any tax, they just reduce your earnings by that amount. Kiss future raises goodbye. Anyone too old to have children, or single, or with no family, will now be paying, every week, for leave for those who do. Older people staying in the work force may decide that this is not a good thing for them, and decide to retire now rather than later.
The Government created a New Agency to handle matters dealing with children and families. Yes! Another new agency, which will have to be staffed with political appointees, and over-paid staff who earn pensions that taxpayers will be paying, and paying, and paying for. And if you follow the news from the state of Washington at all, you know that the current Department of Social and Health Services is a wreck, leaving vulnerable elderly and foster children in abusive homes, and paying out millions of dollars in settlements to relatives of those neglected people when they sue the state.
They increased the toll on the Highway 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle by 5%. They also made the toll 24 hours, where before it was not collected between 11PM and 5AM. And you can bet that, even when the new bridge is paid off, that toll will still be collected, in perpetuity.
The State Property Tax was raised, to pay for Government Education. In reality, it gives raises to teachers who are not under-paid, and increases the amount paid to the Teachers Union. WA residents will now pay about $243 MORE per year on a $300,000 home. In Seattle, the median home price is now over $500,000, so the state will be taking even more from those suckers, to pay for a local school system that is falling apart. And only a fraction of that money ever goes to classrooms-most of it goes to administrators (and for programs like White Privilege and Sexual Identity education).
They added Sales Tax to bottled water. With sales taxes approaching 10% now, that’s a tidy chunk of change. They have deemed that online retailers, even those with NO presence in the state, will now be required to collect and remit to the state sales taxes on all purchases.
They raised the salaries of public employees and teachers. Higher salaries lead to higher pensions when those people retire, often at an earlier age than the poor souls who are paying their salaries. Due to increased taxes on employers in the state, you ordinary folk will be paid less, and forgo future raises. Don’t blame that on your employer, blame it on Jay Inslee and the Democrat-dominated legislature.
And you can kiss your disposable income goodbye. Perhaps they should simply confiscate all the earnings of state residents, and just give us an allowance to live on. Since “all your money are belong to us”.