Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Washington voters sending mixed messages
Difficult understanding of trade-offs
The Seattle Times editorial board pointed out the irony that Washington voters elected a Democratic majority to the Legislature who favor spending on health care andsocial programs, yet approved a two-thirds requirement for raising taxes [“…Unless they know what they’re getting,” Editorials, Nov. 8].
But this is not a surprise. Who doesn't want health care, education and social programs and lower taxes? The problem is that when voters check the box for a tax-limiting initiative, they are not shown the trade-offs on their ballot. With the state facing a $1 billion deficit, which programs should be cut — health care for poor children, prisons, higher education?
A progressive new revenue measure, like a capital-gains tax, would go a long way toward helping our state pay for the services we expect, while not burdening middle-class families. But enacting such a measure is much more difficult in the Tim Eyman era.
— Melanie Mayock, Seattle