This year, Washington state is advancing a new capital gains tax, an important step towards a tax system that ensures those at the very top pay a fairer share. Year after year, working people like most of us in North Central Washington pay more than we can afford in taxes, while we worry about how we will pay for retirement, get our kids through college, afford the dental care we need, or pay for the rising costs of living.

Adrianne Moore

Adrianne Moore

Elvis Garcia

Elvis Garcia

Meanwhile, we watch the wealthiest among us get richer and richer. Nonetheless, an op-ed in The Wenatchee World last month (April Clayton and Collin Hathaway: Farmers and businesses must fight the illegal capital gains tax, Oct. 21) asked farmers and business owners to oppose a new capital gains tax that would ask a very few people (who just made a lot of money) to pay taxes just like the rest of us do, in order to put money into our struggling education and child care systems in support of our children, businesses, and working families.