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Taxing the Rich

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Looking at the latest Census data for Pacific County, you may be surprised. The wages received, which the president wants to tax: The highest income group is well…government workers. What? There are 53 government agencies in Pacific County, which represents the largest (31%) of the entire work force (1,844 employees), and 45 percent of the entire wages paid, $78,704,136. That is an average of $42,681 per employee. The per capita $/person wage in Pacific County is $30,403.

If you add the benefits the average government worker gets is in the range of 35-40% of their wages. So the net result is the average government worker is costing us, about $57,619 to $59,753. Most of the non-government workers have no- to- very limited benefits.

You don’t need to be a math major to realize this is not fair. Nationally, this is the same trend; government workers make twice the income of those that support them.

So what is the solution? For sure you don’t take away money from the Government workers, but turn the private system loose with less regulations, which will allow that group to create wealth. A rising tide raises all ships.

Today these 53 government agencies in Pacific County are busy developing rules and regulations that kill the private sector. This creates debt, and loss of private sector jobs.

We have many government workers that are drawing double and triple incomes from the people. Many can retire after as little as 20 years of service and get retirement and full benefits for the remainder of their life, and then go to work for another government agency and get wages and benefits. This is why our retirement system in this state and other states are broke.

But, Hatfield, Blake, and Takko are the government workers champions’ and keep voting for more benefits. 

Stay tuned; coming soon to you will be specific examples of junior taxing districts that are providing 233% increases to employees, on your nickel.

So who’s the rich in Pacific county? Yap its government workers.



Ron Craig,

South Bend, Wash.


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