Yet another Democrat seeking statewide office has called for a state income tax. Erin Jones, who is running to replace Randy Dorn as State Superintendent, confirmed that she believes a “more progressive tax system” is the answer to the “biggest problem facing Washington public schools,” i.e. funding.
Of course, by a “more progressive tax system,” Jones means a state income tax.
The fact that a Democrat claims a state income tax is the answer to all our budget woes is not anything new. Rather, it’s Jones’ defense of a state income tax that’s more than a little bizarre. Via MyNorthwest.com,
“Jones, who was raised in the Netherlands, has seen firsthand where higher taxes can lead. Though 40 percent of her parent’s wages go to taxes, she says it’s obvious where that money is going. Education, for example, is paid for from kindergarten through college and covers a PHD.”
Never mind the ridiculous folly of comparing the economic system of a relatively small European country with the economic system of a state within the United States, the notion that a state income tax is the answer to solving education funding is illogical.
As Shift reported, a recent study revealed that California’s overreliance on forms of state income taxes creates economic volatility. According to a “stress test” conducted by Moody’s Investor Service, California’s high dependence on income taxes makes it the “least able big state to withstand a recession.”
Alternatively, Washington and Texas (both non-income tax states) have low revenue volatility and score well in Moody’s budget stress test. Yet, Democrats like Jones continue to insist that a state income tax would somehow provide a more dependable funding source for education.
Due to the fact that Democrats are infatuated with growing the size of government, you can expect them to continue using education funding as an excuse to push a state income tax. After all, a state income tax is their party’s “guiding principle.”
Ra Hull-Shields says
over my cold dead body…
Stephen Serafin says
How many “funding” sources have come and gone since the Democrats in power have diverted the money into other pet projects. Years ago, gambling in this State was expanded to include the much touted State lottery that was going to solve the education funding problem. I guess bigger payouts are more important important than funding education. How boring.
Department of Natural Resources is tasked with cutting timber to support schools but city folk would rather look at the trees than cut and replant a renewable resource. At least some Politicians like retiring Senator Hargrove, who is a professional forester, have pressed forward to get DNR to start cutting its 12 year backlog to fulfill its duty to support schools. Oh by the way, young growing timber lock away more carbon than old trees people like to look at and schools benefit.
Point is, the State has a funding source if they would just use them.
Jim Ricketts says
A great reason to NOT vote for him.