Jobs and prosperity are hurt â€” not helped â€” by a tax system that bestows its bounty on the super-rich and saps the middle class of buying power, according to a prominent Seattle entrepreneur.
The super-rich paid about 40 percent in taxes during the prosperous 1960â€²s, argues Hanauer, and about 30 percent during the prolonged prosperity of the 1990â€²s. They now pay an average of 16 percent.
Hanauer reports that last year, he paid an 11 percent rate on an eight-figure income. (The median Washington family has a yearly income of $56,479.)