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First, the people of Seattle (most of the population of the state lives in and around Seattle) just elected Democrat Governor/Dictator Jay Inslee to a third term of office, in the midst of the pandemic. He won with a 57% margin.
A KING-TV poll on February 11 reveals that Inslee has a 52% approval rating overall. In addition, the state legislature has firm Democrat majorities in both houses, essentially neutering any influence of Republicans in the state. The 52% approval rating is very interesting when you break out the numbers. In Washington State, 85% of Democrats approve of the job the dictator is doing, but only 17% of Republicans and 38% of independents approve of the job their dictator is doing. When asked about the job the new president is doing, Washingtonians give Biden a 56% approval rating, but when you break out the parties, Democrats give Biden a 96% approval, while Republicans only give him a 16% approval.
Here’s what the new legislature has in store for the citizens of Washington state:
- Applying Seattle’s 1.75 cent/ounce “sweetened beverage tax” to the entire state, “to fund public health”. This might ruin even more small food-service businesses, who would not be able to absorb the huge cost increases.
- A 7% Capital Gains Tax on “wealthy residents”. Income taxes are illegal per the Washington State Constitution. This tax would be passed with an “emergency” designation, that would make it go into effect immediately.
- An 18-cent per gallon gasoline tax increase, giving Washington the nation’s highest gas taxes.
Critics of the soda tax proposal and other tax proposals that are meant to make the state’s tax system fairer contend it actually does the opposite, and are regressive taxes that will hurt low-income communities and communities of color – the very communities democrats hope to help.
“Yes, sometimes it may seem like we’re trying to be regressive, but we’re actually not,” said Democratic Rep. and Color Caucus member Melanie Morgan.
“But we do have to remember that we saw the disparities in terms of communities of color that were affected by COVID. And we’ve been saying that for a long time, way before the pandemic even got here. But if we are truly going to be inclusive, and practice racial equity in terms of making sure that all communities get services, and resources, and vaccines properly, then everybody’s going to have to pay their fair share,” added Morgan, explaining that regressive taxes had for years been levied on the backs of communities of color and low-income communities.
New items in the state legislature today:
- House passes bill restoring voting rights of felons, immediately after they leave prison. The old law did not restore rights until all restitution and parole had been completed. In a mostly-Democrat state, we just have to increase the margin of Democrat votes.
- House passes bill closing the Tacoma ICE facility. We just can’t have the Feds discriminating against “undocumented” criminals.
The government of Washington is ostensibly trying to “keep the public safe” with all the restrictions on business, and the statewide mask mandate, but it passes bills that work to do just the opposite.
Yes, the citizens of Washington State actually elect these simpletons. They deserve what they are getting. We don’t.Published in