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An increase in the sales tax is much less likely to pass the voters than a reduction in tax breaks for wealthy corporations – especially since those corporations could simply deduct their State taxes from their federal taxes.
Just 7 years ago, in 2004, Washington voters defeated Initiative 884, which would have boosted the State sales tax from 6.5 percent to 7.5 per cent to raise more money for schools. This last vote on increasing the sales tax by one penny was defeated in a landslide by a margin of 60% to 40%.
In addition, several unions have come out in opposition to any increase in the sales tax because it would place nearly the entire tax burden on the poor and middle class.
Jenkins, Austin (2009) Slow Going in Tax Talks. Public Radio New Network, March 22, 2009
Many unions have adopted resolutions specifically favoring “fair tax” reforms. On March 22, 2009, three major union groups walked out of a tax package coalition because the group refused to consider tax fairness options.
What is the point of doing polling if the Legislature is going to ignore the polls? Let’s pay attention to the wishes of the voters. They are telling us: It is time to require rich people to start paying their fair share of State taxes. Having millionaires paying their fair share of State taxes by eliminating tax breaks used to evade paying taxes has broad public support.
According to a 2009 New York poll, prepared by Kiley & Co. analyst Matthew Shelter, voters express widespread support for increasing tax rates on upper-income households to help avoid drastic spending cuts.
Below is a 2009 poll confirming that voters favor taxing the rich:
CBS Poll confirms most Americans want to tax the rich
New York Times, April 6, 2009
Most Americans (74%) think it is a good idea to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000 dollars per year. In fact, two-thirds of Americans think the tax code should be changed so that “upper income” people pay more.