Posts tagged ‘Washington Taxes’

September 29, 2009

Gov. Gregoire Ready To Renege On Tax Pledge

by lewwaters

Few things in life are guaranteed we all know that. Amongst those few would be Democrats and their love of raising taxes on citizens. They have yet to learn that Robin Hood was but a mythological person with his taking from the wealthy to give to the poor.

With Democrats it seems they love poor people so much they create as many as they can whenever they hold governmental majorities.

Many of us were surprised last year when Governor Gregoire took on a ‘no tax raise’ pledge in facing the burgeoning deficit Washington State faces.

Last December she said, “There is no way to tax your way out of this problem. We have to live within our means.”

Fellow Democrats groaned while Republicans applauded her words.

She proposed cuts that mirrored some recommended by Republican challenger Dino Rossi. She made cuts that were painful. In fact, she vetoed spending bills prior to the election that “miffed” some Clark County Democrat lawmakers, says the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin.

Sure to delight Democrats, especially 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller, who went as far as writing a letter to the editor asking for citizen input in finding new sources of revenue last December, Gov. Gregoire announced just this morning “that she is not as hostile to tax hikes as she was a year ago. And she will entertain proposals if lawmakers or interest groups bring them to her.”

Just today, September 29, The Olympian ran an article announcing Gregoire’s “change of heart.”

The quote our governor saying, “I didn’t want revenue last year because I couldn’t figure out how you could do a revenue package that wouldn’t hurt the economy, either individuals or businesses. We’re still stuck in that rut but I’ve told the leadership, ‘Come make your case. My door’s open, you can make your case.’ But I don’t want to do anything that adversely impacts our economic recovery.”

And, if I may ask of the governor and Democrat leadership, what has changed other than the economy has gotten worse, unemployment has sharply increased, wages have been cut and businesses have failed and closed their doors.

Raising taxes at this time can only make matters worse as so many are struggling and cannot afford to pay more.

Companies too are struggling and raising their costs can only “adversely impact economic recovery,” the very thing Gregoire says she wish’s to avoid.

I am constantly amazed at the notion of “cuts are either social services, corrections, health care or education.”

I’m even more amazed that she says, “you take too big a toll on higher ed[ucation] and it won’t recover any time soon. … You can give it more money but once you’ve lost those Nobel Prize educators you don’t get them back.”

What about jobs, governor? What about small businesses that create the bulk of our jobs? How many of them have we lost that we won’t get back?

With all due respect, “Nobel Prize educators” do not create jobs. Yes, they are impressive, I suppose, in their intelligence and knowledge, but do they also engage in social engineering in their classrooms instead of just imparting their knowledge upon students?

I don’t see them signing and handing out paychecks, do you?

Why do we continue to pay for ILLEGAL immigrants, who send much of their sub-par wages back to their native country instead of circulating it in our economy?

Why are we looking at an overly costly Light Rail in Clark County that voters have rejected?

I’m sure our Democrat elected officials will be delighted in hearing the governor is receptive to raising taxes how and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see another attempt at an income tax.

They just don’t get it that in order to see state revenues stop their decline; citizens must be working in decent jobs, not ILLEGAL immigrants.

Businesses need a fair environment to compete with a reasonable level of taxes.

The governor says, “At some point the people, I assume, don’t want us to take any more cuts.”

With all due respect, Governor, at some point the people do not want their paychecks cut any more.

October 30, 2008

SRCC Files Complaint Against SDCC For Illegal Contributions to Carrier Campaign

by lewwaters

In a release today, Brent Ludeman, Executive Director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee announced that he has filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission against the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee alleging they both “violated their aggregate contribution limit” and “making contributions in excess of the 21-day $5000 limit” to David Carrier, running to unseat Republican Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District race. (copy of email received below post)

Stating Democrats had a contribution limit of $50,633.60, the complaint states “Senate Democrats have given directly or made in-kind contributions of more than $90,605 to Carrier’s campaign.”

This is not the same $1,000 the Carrier campaign was required to return to the 49th Legislative District Democrats earlier, which Carrier explained away as his “volunteer Treasurer accepted the contribution …. without knowing this type of contribution was prohibited.”

This is a new complaint filed over the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee contributing money to the Carrier Campaign in the sum of $50,000 “after the 21-day $5000 limit had passed.”

Ludeman also alleges in the complaint that of the $50,000 contributed, “$46,605 were made as in-kind contributions that cannot simply be returned.”

A file listing these contributions has been made available here.

Carrier built his campaign around a pledge of not accepting Special Interest and PAC contributions. When it was pointed out that he had accepted such contributions, Carrier attempted to explain and justify them here. (see comments)

The troubling aspect of David Carrier’s candidacy is that his words just do not add up. Beyond the promise of not accepting special interest and PAC money, he states on his web site, “Taxes represent an investment in our future and our children’s future. They are the dues that we pay for education, public services, and infrastructure.”

Additionally he claims he will not vote to implement an income tax, yet he also claims to advocate a “progressive tax.” That means the more you earn, the higher percentage you pay.

In spite of Clark County voters rejecting the idea of Light Rail from Portland into downtown by a 2 to 1 margin, Carrier aggress with the CRC on adding Light Rail to a new bridge to replace the aging I-5 bridge. He justifies this by relying on a questionable poll that only included 104 Clark County residents.

Of late he has jumped on the bash Bush bandwagon citing, “For the past 8 years we’ve been told that the economy is fine, that free markets will take care of themselves, that we can’t afford to do anything to help working people.”

He totally neglects that our economy went south after his party gained power in both the House of Representatives and Senate and began imposing minimum wage increases, which led to increased unemployment nationwide.

Carrier claims to be an “economist,” but makes no mention of his parties complicity in the economic downturn due to requiring risky home loans be made to those lower income people who could not afford to repay them, which Congressional Democrats blocked all efforts by both Republicans and President Bush to get regulations passed to prevent the economic meltdown we are now in.

Can we afford to send someone to Olympia that ignores his party’s share of the blame for the hardships we now face?

Carrier tells us, “In general I do not support tax increases, and do not support an income tax in the state of Washington.” Yet, from his own Priorities page we see,

“This year the City of Vancouver is facing a structural deficit of over $6 million. Since 2001, city departments excluding police and fire have absorbed a combined $14 million in cuts. As reported in the Columbian, the factors contributing to Vancouver’s budget shortfall:

An estimated $40 million has been lost in the past 7 years as a result of two voter initiatives, one capping property tax increases, the other lowering car tabs to $30 each.

An estimated $67 million has been lost in 10 years as the city phased out the local business and occupation tax.

Vancouver loses an estimated $10 million a year in sales tax revenue as shoppers travel to sales-tax-free Oregon.”

He also states on the same page, “Taxpayers have a right to vote on tax increases. They should also vote on tax cuts, after being fully informed of the consequences for public safety and education. Politicians should be required to identify which government services will be eliminated…”

Am I the only one to notice that the only areas Democrats ever seem able to cut spending on is in needed community services? Does he not see that eliminating the Light Rail proposal would save billions? Does he not see that eliminating entitlements to Illegal Aliens would also save citizens massive dollars? As we all know, government spending is bloated and out of control, but Carrier can only recommend cutting needed services should tax revenues not meet the states expectations.

Don Benton has served us faithfully and voted to keep our taxes at a fair level, which places more of our hard earned money in our own pockets to spend as we see fit.

Carrier makes a lot of smoke about helping us, but when looking at his claims objectively, will end up costing us a lot of money in taxes.

Add this his violating his own oath in accepting Special Interest and PAC money and now Illegal contributions and I see someone we just cannot afford in Olympia. Since his party gained power in Washington 4 years ago, our annual budget surplus has disappeared and been replaced by a projected multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.

To be fair, I do not believe Carrier accepted any of the contributions knowing they were illegal. A novice politician, I feel he is just naïve and as such, will show up in Olympia green as can be and easily manipulated by seasoned politicians who desire our tax dollars be spent first in King County, where their votes come from.

In times like this we need experience and someone with a record of fighting to keep our taxes down and reasonable. We need someone who fights against wasteful projects that will bankrupt us. We need someone who really does represent us.

Clark County needs Don Benton back in office as State Senator for the 17th legislative District.

Copy of email announcing GOP complaint:

From: Brent Ludeman [mailto:xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:38 PM
To: kyoung@pdc.wa.gov
Subject: Complaint

Kurt,

I would like to file a complaint against the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee for violating both their aggregate contribution limit and for making contributions in excess of the 21-day $5000 limit to David Carrier in the 17th Legislative District.

Despite a contribution limit of $50,633.60, the Senate Democrats have given directly or made in-kind contributions of more than $90,605 to Carrier’s campaign. I have attached an excel file with the illegal contributions highlighted.

Additionally, four of the contributions, totaling $50,605, were made after the 21-day $5000 limit. Of those contributions, $46,605 were made as in-kind contributions that cannot simply be returned. These illegal contributions have been used to further Carrier’s campaign in a way that will have irrevocable harm.

It is clear that these illegal contributions will impact the election results. The damage is done. Given the serious nature of this violation, I request an immediate investigation and for the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and the David Carrier for Senate campaign to be penalized to the maximum extent of the law for these multiple violations.

Regards,

Brent Ludeman

Brent Ludeman
Executive Director
Senate Republican Campaign Committee
Cell: 206.XXX XXX