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By Frank Watson
Gazette Columnist 

Fairness and Taxes


August 16, 2018

A few weeks ago, I was in a serious discussion with a young friend who claimed that the Washington State tax system is unfair to the poor. I asked how he came to that conclusion, and he said the rich in Washington pay a lower percent of their income in taxes than the poor. I pondered that for a second and asked where he came to that conclusion. You guessed it. He said, “Well, everybody knows that.” I told him that I didn’t know that and would need to think on it. He got mad and stomped out.

I knew that his claim had to have some basis, so after some internet search, I found an old col...

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