Letters to the Editor

Will the tax collectors ever get enough?

As our state elected “officials’ tackle the state’s historic $9 billion deficit, they are attempting now to shove an income tax down our throats along with a temporary three-year sales tax increase to fund healthcare for the poor. (The Education mantra must be all used up.)

Wake up, taxpayers.

Every time they cry for more of your hard-earned money for another government program, they use education, healthcare and transportation as an excuse. And as we hand over more, they continue to mismanage your money.

Is a noise-reduction wall really needed along the freeway? Is that artwork for the sewer plants in King County really needed?

How can we make cuts to state Medicaid for seniors and buy art for the pooper plant?

I was wondering if the state elected officials are provided with state medical insurance?

Are they still collecting their meal pay while in Olympia? A few years back, it was $90 per day.

Have they made any cuts in what they receive in additional job perks? How about a Legislature tax?

With increased bridge tolls, tolled highways in King County, increases in school levy funds, fire districts wanting more, and the state chomping for an income tax, where are you going to find the extra money for them?

The state has money for art for sewer plants and noise-reduction walls along the freeways and other unnecassary projects, but no money for the vital programs for our taxpaying citizens.

To provide the needed services you’d think our state could fund, apparently somewhere, somehow, they found better projects to fund.

And as the state needed more revenue, they found more ways to tax this and fee that.

What’s left to tax?

Local counties are toying with nine-hour work days, four days a week. Closed on Friday, a most convienant day for many.

Why not close on a slow, mid-week day? Oh, punish the taxpayer.

I’d love a three-day weekend every week, losing only four hours a week. (For many, one less day of daycare is actually a savings).

As the state and local counties continue to claim they didn’t spend by projections, they must have goofed somewhere along the way, either by bloating government, tackling too many projects at once or spending the revenue before it came in.

So as we continue to tighten our belts and re-adjust our budgets and pay more in taxes, services and fees, our elected officials will continually find ways to spend your hard-earned money.

Have you ever watched “The Simpsons?” Turn it on and compare the nuclear power plant boss, Mr. Burns, to our governor, Queen Christine. The resemblance is amazing.

The easiest solution to the state’s fiscal problems is to just have our paychecks made out “Pay to the Order of...Washington state” and let the state give us all an allowance.

ANN WELSH

Port Orchard

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