The Seattle Times editorial board (pictured at right) suffers from chronic foot-in-mouth disease. So it's not a surprise to see it endorsing Tim Eyman's I-1053, an initiative that would restore the two-thirds requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes, on the grounds that it "restrains" a state government that is already quite snugly harnessed as is.
Using a graph from the conservative Tax Foundation reprinted below, HorsesAss pointed out yesterday that state taxes as a percentage of the total economy are near a 30-year low. And Washington's tax burden is well below the national average and has been for a decade.
As Goldy writes, budgets are unsustainable because of an "antiquated tax structure that simply cannot keep pace with the economy and the associated growth in demand for public services." In other words, it'd help mightily if we had a state income tax.
But considering that's the third rail of state politics, it's probably not gonna happen anytime soon. Especially when the Times editorial board is, you guessed it, advising voters to politely ignore anyone asking for signatures for I-1098, the Bill Gates Sr.-approved (but God-rejected) initiative that would tax the wealthy.
Frequent Times critic Joel Connelly sums it up best in Tweet form: