I intend to help educate the public and the media about an astonishingly regressive tax system that gives billions of dollars of tax breaks to wealthy special interests while placing an almost unbearable burden on the backs of middle- and low-income families. I intend to work for real, progressive, tax reforms that provide meaningful relief to those who need it most, assure adequate funding for essential public services, and create the kind of positive, rational business environment that all citizens want.
According to the latest data, the bottom 20 percent of Washington households—those earning less than $20,000 a year—pay a crippling 16.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes.
TheMisanthrope @ nearly every other comment: You're completely wrong to claim we haven't adamantly supported progressive taxation--I've made it a priority of our coverage since I became news editor. From before the 2010 campaign, in our endorsement, through the election cycle, and even after the vote, we supported a high-earners income tax as a way of ending the regressive tax structure. We even kept up the drumbeat for progressive taxation the year after that initiative failed. There's tons more over the years: op-eds, polling analysis, frequent posts about regressive taxation, etc. I'm not going to waste any more time on your fake argument except to say that the SECB even based many of its endorsements last year primarily on those candidates who we believed were capable of advancing an income tax, both in our primary election and in our general election endorsements. Your line of attack, as usual, is easily disproven bullshit.