“Washington is dead last in the nation when it comes to the overall tax burden on the state’s poorest compared to its richest.
Realistically, that disparity will take years to fix, if the Washington Legislature chooses to do so.
‘Washington is ranked as having the most unequal tax burden across the entire country,’ said Rick Peterson, senior advisor at the Washington State Treasurer’s Office during a House Finance Committee hearing Monday [Oct. 7., 2013].”
“‘It’s absolutely plain that the voters don’t believe in an income tax,’ said Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm and a member of the finance committee.”
“‘The first step in changing the tax structure is winning back the trust of the voters,’ Wilcox said. Wilcox suggested that one or two budget biennia without gas tax increases could be a major step in winning the voters’ trust in any revamping of the overall tax system,” quoting John Stang in Crosscut.