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February 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

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Gov. Jay Inslee's job plan

Tax breaks for companies lacks vision

I supported and voted for Gov. Jay Inslee. I am flabbergasted that he has rolled out the old and defunct “tax breaks for corporations” in order to attract jobs for Washingtonians [“Inslee offers proposals to spur job growth,” NWThursday, Feb. 14].

Has he forgotten that budget shortfalls in the recent past equaled the amount of taxes not collected due to corporate tax breaks and many of those tax breaks were given to companies that didn’t hire all that many employees.

I think there are more creative options: Support microloan networks that help current residents create small businesses that hire a few employees each; work with current residents to develop employee-owned industrial production companies that would employ larger numbers of people, be environmentally protective and flexible for future trends.

Instead of tax breaks, help finance companies that will stay here and neither move nor subcontract to other nations.

On a wider scale, pursue a state income-tax plan that shifts the tax burden off the middle class and taxes wealth along with income. Work with other governors to initiate a uniform tax structure for all states. This would put an end to competition between states for jobs and also for lower wages.

Initiate a federal plan for economic development across the nation, one that would revitalize the Rust Belt, end population surge along the coasts and restore America’s productive capacity by ending U.S. corporations’ use of foreign production facilities.

C’mon, Jay. Think a bit.

--Bob Gerfy, Lopez Island

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