Washington State Constitution: paramount duty of the state is to educate all children

On January 5, 2012, the Washington Supreme Court ruled: “We affirm the trial court’s declaratory ruling and hold that the State has not complied with its Article IX, section 1 duty to make ample provision for the education of all children in Washington.”  (Summary of Supreme Court’s McCleary v. State Decision)

Governor Christine Gregoire has agreed:

Gregoire calls for new revenue for education

We cannot meet our constitutional mandate on K through 12 and the McCleary case, our moral mandate for early learning and our economic mandate for higher education if we are not going to look at new revenue…”

Gregoire Calls for New Tax to Fund Education


Smarty pants elitist liberal educates the public about voting against taxes

Washington State’s tax system is the most regressive in the country. Due to the absence of an income tax, the state relies mostly on sales taxes to pay for services.  As a result in 2007 the richest 1% of Washingtonians paid about 3% of their income in state and local taxes, while the poorest 20% of citizens paid over 17% of their income in state and local taxes.  Nationwide, the top 1% pay about 5% and the poorest 20% pay about 11%.  See Our regressive tax system serves the super-rich.

Stop voting against your own self-interest
You think you’re helping yourself when you vote against (income) taxes. You’re not. You’re helping the rich. Without government we’d be hunter-gatherers.