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Washington bishops oppose initiative that would limit state, local taxes

October 14, 2009

The bishops of the State of Washington have announced their opposition to Initiative 1033, a ballot initiative that would limit the growth of state and local taxes to inflation and population growth.

“We recognize that many people find state and local taxes burdensome,” the bishops write. “Tax policy and government funding, however, must take into consideration the needs of those who rely on adequate public support for education, health care and other essential services. Initiative 1033 would establish an arbitrary formula for limiting taxes and spending without regard to the needs of others, and therefore, for us it does not meet the test of distributive justice.”


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  • Posted by: Ken - Oct. 15, 2009 9:18 AM ET USA

    Shut up and pray!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 14, 2009 6:38 PM ET USA

    Our bishops just can't kill off the middle class fast enough! It's time to start taxing the Church so they can be forced to contribute to the well being of all those they are so concerned about.

  • Posted by: FredC - Oct. 14, 2009 6:19 PM ET USA

    I hope everybody realizes that this statement by the bishops is outside of their realm and expertise. It is just private opinion.