The News Tribune recently said that a television ad in opposition to appointed Democrat State Rep. Carol Gregory—now running for election in the 30th Legislative District—is only half-true. The ad claims Gregory supports a state income tax. The News Tribune,
“Gregory did lobby for an income tax in 1976 as part of her job leading the teacher’s union, as the ad says — but her support for an income tax was decided by the union membership, and not necessarily by her own personal views.
“The claim that she supported an income tax in 2010 also took quotes out of context, while ignoring that she actually came out against that year’s income-tax measure [Initiative 1098] later in the election cycle.”
The News Tribune’s analysis of the ad fails to take into consideration that this year Gregory followed the lead of her fellow Democrat state House members and adamantly supported a state capital gains income tax, which is an income tax.
No matter how much Gregory and other Democrats may try to justify their support of a state capital gains income tax by calling it an excise tax, it doesn’t make it so.
A capital gains tax is, in fact, a tax on your income. As Shift reported, both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the United States Supreme Court classify capital gains as income.
Based on the evidence, voters can see that the News Tribune’s “half-true” conclusion about Gregory’s tax-raising agenda is in itself only “half-true”.