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To the Editor:

We moved to this area in 2009. We lived on the Oregon side but my husband’s office was on the Washington side; we paid Oregon income tax. We bought a home in Washington, but my husband’s office was moved to the Oregon side, so we paid Oregon taxes again. Imagine making a monthly car payment for a shiny new car that you don’t get to drive. It’s not fun, and it’s very stressful on a budget.

Today my husband’s office is on the Washington side, but we have a governor up for re-election who will implement a Washington state income tax in addition to the sales taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, and school levies that we already pay. If you read Washington State Senate Bill 6559 (SB6559) and can manage to not go cross-eyed, you will find that the bold headings make bold statements that sound like an income tax will magically lower our tax burden. If you read the fine print, you will soon realize that they are empty promises. Each of the taxes that the bill claims to “eliminate” or “reduce” actually allows for them to be raised at a later date. Sneaky!

I once overheard my friend’s dad lecturing her that “You can put cheese on a pile of manure, but it’s still manure.” That’s what we are being handed with SB6559—melting cheese on a steaming cow patty. If our state government can’t properly handle its budget now, SB6559 will only accelerate irresponsible spending. We have successfully defeated seven attempts at implementing an income tax since 1935. Let’s go for lucky number eight and defeat our current governor while we’re at it. Vote for Bill Bryant and get our state’s spending under control.

Lisa Evans

White Salmon


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