Open Letter to State Senator Guy Palumbo

Dear Senator Palumbo:

I see you have introduced legislation for a new carbon tax. I find this disturbing but unsurprising.

Leaving aside the question of whether or not a tax on carbon is justified or beneficial, I wonder if there is an upper limit on the amount of money you think is fair to confiscate from Washington residents. I’ve posed this question to you numerous times on Twitter, but, having received no response, am asking again: How much of a person’s labor do you think the government is entitled to? One third? One half? Three quarters?

I realize this may sound like a trick question, but I think it’s fair and should be asked of every elected official. If you don’t have an upper limit in mind, how do you know when citizens have been taxed enough? And if you do have one in mind, don’t you think your constituents are entitled to know where it’s set?

Every tax is ultimately paid by individual taxpayers, whether it’s a direct tax such as sales or property tax, or indirect, such as the B&O tax. Your proposed carbon tax is no different.

I would appreciate a response.

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