Letters to the Editor

'Tax breaks' attack on local politician had ironic twist

I am writing to object to a political “hit” piece sent out by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee against our state Rep. Skip Priest, a Republican, during the last election.

In this “literature” sent out to sully Priest’s good name and his support of job-creating legislation, the piece claims that he gave “tax breaks to big corporations.”

Of course, the real story and details are conveniently left out. The Legislature has passed numerous tax incentives over the years to generate new business and help create jobs. To what tax breaks does the piece refer? Is it the ones to give incentives for high-tech research and development that have helped create thousands of jobs and put Washington on the map as a center of technology? Or is it the ones that helped convince Boeing to build the 7E7 in Washington? Or is it the ones to help manufacturing in rural areas keep their building costs down to attract more jobs and businesses to areas of our state that are hurting?

What is ironic is that these tax incentives were passed by large, bipartisan majorities, including our local Democrat representative and state senator.

Apparently, the state Democratic Party is against legislation that will help create jobs.

LEWIS McMURRAN

Federal Way

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