From Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s blog:
Our sales-tax-based tax system is least fair tax system in the country.
It hammers lower and middle class families, who pay far more than their fair share for the essential public services from which everyone in our society benefits, like K-12 and higher education.
And now they stand to pay more for less. The global economic meltdown has forced lawmakers to make dramatic cuts in the state budget, which will disproportionately affect these same individuals.
Having a conversation about restructuring this tax system so that working class families are treated more fairly is not a conversation I am afraid of having.
So, despite the Seattle Times’ shrill ridicule, Sen. Brown isn’t afraid of publicly having that conversation. But what about House Speaker Frank Chopp?
I know Chopp understands the issue. I know he knows all about Washington’s structural revenue deficit, and I know he’s personally appalled at having the most regressive tax system in the nation. And I know he knows that our current tax structure simply isn’t sustainable over the long run.
I know this, because I’ve privately had this conversation with Chopp, on more than one occasion. The question now is whether Speaker Chopp is willing to join Sen. Brown in taking this conversation public?