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stevenpuvogel wrote...
An editorial posted as news? Sounds like "Hello Orting!" from the early '90s. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council published a study called the "Small Business Survival Index 2010". How did Washington do? 5th. The fact is, unlike many states, Washington does not have an income tax, either corporate or personal. That affects businesses far more than the B&O tax. When presented with the opportunity to reduce the B&O tax by implementing an income tax, Washington voters screamed NO!
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jvaughn50 wrote...
Excerpts from Washington State Polity Center - 2-nd to 3rd Highest business closures in the nation

http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/facts/snapshot-small-businesses-washington
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taxpayerpiercecounty wrote...
Now that's a vent! Phew! But I surely understand the frustration and anger at the situation of which Mr. Vaugn writes. As a small business owner in Pierce County we have been hit hard with taxes in WA. It's killing jo

B&O taxes have irked me for years. Businesses are required to pay on their GROSS income and not the net income. This isn't right. It should only be on the gross, minus the cost of fuel, materials, labor costs, etc. that it took to earn that gross figure. I agree with you there.
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bigdogpost wrote...
With all due respect to Mr. Vaughn's point of view, this is NOT a news story. It is an opinion piece and should have been labeled and/or categorized as such. Please do a better job of separating the two.
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papared wrote...
Jim Vaughn has hit the nail right on the head. The Utility Tax increase asked for and recieved in 2007, was not all used as it was intended. We were told it was for Public Saftey, ( Police & Fire), not the parks department. Some of the money was diverted to the parks department, including a fat raise for the dept head. Then the Mayor made sure our Fire Dept merged with the District. Don't let them miss lead you again. If we get to Vote, make damn sure we tell her and her rubber stamp council, NO
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peanut wrote...
Small towns are all but turning into ghost towns. Many large cities in America (Detroit, etc.) are bankrupt. It would be great if the politicians would listen, but I don't think I will see it my life time.
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