In this context, you like to see a state lawmaker who's not afraid to suggest this simple solution. And Rep. Jim McIntire is just that guy-- all the more heartwarming given that he's been running the House Finance Committee. The political will may not be there to enact an income tax-- but at least someone in a position of power has the guts to beat this drum.
But not anymore. The Olympian reports that McIntire has lost his chairmanship of the committee for the upcoming legislative session.-- and that his support for an income tax is a big reason why:
"I think it was clear that the leadership wanted something different," McIntire said late Tuesday, acknowledging that his views on the income tax might have put his caucus in a tough spot politically.McIntire comes across quite graciously in the article, especially when you consider that he appears to have lost his leadership job not because of any inadequacies in his job performance but because of his beliefs about tax fairness.
This isn't the end for progressive tax reform in Washington State. Far from it, says Rep. Brendam Williams:
"There are any number of us willing to talk about the fundamental need to talk about structural tax reform," Williams said. "I don't think the need for fundamental tax reform is off the table. We've just chosen a new leader."But it's a shame that House Democrats appear to have chosen their new leader because the old one was too forceful in his belief that an income tax could help fix Washington's fiscal policy mess. A willingness to leave all options on the table shouldn't disqualify you from being a policymaker.