WA state income taxes

Intel pakajdj88
Jun 10 16 Comments

So is WA just going down the path of having income tax line items called something else pulling out the most sympathetic characters possible? “‘Cos homeless” was the logic behind the passed then repealed business tax. I believe there is a .25% tax these days for family medical leave (?). Next up is a .5% tax for children’s hospitals or wounded puppies?

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/new-payroll-tax-is-pioneering-experiment-to-help-washington-state-seniors-age-at-home/

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TOP 16 Comments
  • New / Eng hhhjhhh
    Sounds great
    Jun 10 3
    • Intel pakajdj88
      OP
      If you are a needle supplier or run a human feces cleanup company, then turning WA into CA must sound awesome.
      Jun 10
    • Amazon jtGV66
      If you want the government to waste even moar of your money, there are plenty of states you can move to.
      Jun 10
    • Intel pakajdj88
      OP
      Not following - your point is other states waste more of your money than WA? Or that if you don’t like paying high taxes you shouldn’t live in WA?
      Jun 10
  • Netflix ye651t
    Gotta pay the piper eventually. If not through an income tax, then through property taxes. That’s how Texas fleeces their citizens.
    Jun 10 6
    • Netflix beer-m8
      It’ll be through whatever means necessary. Income tax is hard to change. But you’ll be nickel and dimes equivalently regardless.
      Jun 10
    • Intel pakajdj88
      OP
      Taxes discourage behavior - I’d rather they discourage the right behaviors.
      Jun 11
    • Netflix mr.clippy
      I would agree with that. And it should be up to the tax payers to decide what that behavior should be.
      Jun 11
    • Intel pakajdj88
      OP
      They did when they said income taxes are against the state constitution
      Jun 11
    • Netflix mr.clippy
      True. Hence why I mentioned income isn’t the only way to fleece people. Plenty of ways to tax folks. Generally micro-taxes on everything is a bit easier to stomach than a flat percentage of your hard earned income. I’d rather pay $1 per tire, $0.25 per GB of cell phone data, $0.1 per plastic bag, $0.01 per cup of coffee at Starbucks, etc...than pay $1800 out of each paycheck like currently to do the state.

      Mo money...mo people...mo problems.
      Jun 11
  • Credit Karma EllisDee25
    The way many elderly people are treated in the US is horrible. It sounds like this plan is just an excuse to cut state nursing home expenditures. Why find decent facilities that can improve life for elderly or chronically ill people when you can bribe poor rural folks with a couple hundred dollars to die quickly at home?
    Jun 11 2
    • Intel pakajdj88
      OP
      Public elderly care is part/parcel of the giant wealth transfer from the young to the old. No wonder so many millennials live in their parents’ basement.
      Jun 11
    • Credit Karma EllisDee25
      Funny how people oppose taxing the rich because they think they might end up a multi-millionaire one day, contrary to all experience.... but then young people should oppose programs for the elderly when any surviving young person will certainly become elderly.
      Jun 11
  • Amazon jtGV66
    They will have to change the state constitution, which is unlikely to happen
    Jun 10 1
    • Salesforce op
      They tried and failed this is why they are trying these workarounds with "paycheck surcharges"
      Jun 10