Lisa & Ian Murray wrote:
> Boom skips the lower middle class, but tax load falls heavily on them
> Wednesday, April 5, 2000
> By ROBERT GAVIN
> SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
> CAPITOL CORRESPONDENT
> Kursta and Christopher Moore, young parents of four, see prosperity all
> around them: luxury cars, upscale shops and grand homes.
> But when they look at their household budget, all they see is trouble:
> $2,300 a month in expenses and $2,000 in take-home pay.
> "We've done everything right," said Kursta Moore, 27. "But we don't see the
> prosperity. We don't get the tax cuts."
> The Moores represent the lower middle class and working poor families on
> whom Washington's taxes fall most heavily, and for whom little relief is in
> Households such as those of the Moores, who earn about $30,000 a year, spend
> nearly twice as much of their income on state and local taxes as a family
> making $150,000 a year, according to the state Department of Revenue.