I am writing to advocate for Washington to completely replace its current tax system with a moderately progressive income tax.
The current system of 60 taxes, tolls and fees would be replaced with personal, family, business and corporate state income taxes. This income tax would be deductible from federal income taxes. You can find out more about this topic on the website www.future4washington.webs.com. This is the second website of the Transition 2030 research project.
Currently the state of Washington is over $19 billion in debt. Tuition at both the University of Washington and Washington State University has risen over 100 percent in the past 10 years. Partly because of lack of funding for public education, Washington has the fourth-most overcrowded classrooms in the nation.
A modern tax system would adequately fund public education, public transit, DSHS and police, sheriff, and fire departments to protect them. Again, personal, family, business, and corporate state income taxes would be deductabl. (http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc503.html).