“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
According to a report by the Washington State Treasurer’s Office, our state now has the distinction of practicing the worst tax inequality in the nation. The report presented to the Washington House Finance Committee says the poorest 20 percent of Washingtonians pay 16.9 percent of their annual income in state and local taxes, while the wealthiest 1 percent paid an average of 2.8 percent of their income. Taxes for those up to the top 20 percent of earners also remain in the single digits. This greater burden on Washington’s poorest, the report says, doesn’t even allow the state to generate higher tax revenue. Washington consistently collects less in taxes than the national average.
Seattle’s new Office of Professional Accountability has four openings on its review board. The OPA is a citizen oversight group for the Seattle Police Department designed to investigate accusations of police misconduct. The deadline for applications for these positions is November 1. Full job descriptions and requirements are available on the OPA webpage at Seattle.gov.
The Greater Puget Sound region lost one of its most outspoken champions this week. Dr. Patrick Donovan Goldsworthy, a conservationist without equal, passed away at his home in Seattle on Sunday at the age of 94. Dr. Goldsworthy helped establish the Pacific Northwest’s first chapter of the Sierra Club, and was a founding member of the North Cascades Conservation Council. With the council, Dr. Goldsworthy won many significant conservation battles, including preservation efforts at Glacier Park and a successful bid for congressional protection of 684,000 acres of national park space in the Cascade Mountains. The good doctor leaves behind a legacy that includes millions of acres of nature preserve and a library of conservationist education materials.