WA Cares program should be personal choice
Last updated 7/20/2023 at 10:40am
As many struggle to make ends meet because of inflation and our state having the most expensive gas in the nation, the last thing they want is to pay a big new tax.
Yet, that is exactly what Washington workers now face.
A payroll tax, which went into effect on July 1, is being taken out of most employees’ paychecks. This tax is currently equal to $58 annually for every $10,000 in pay. It supports a government-run long-term care program called WA Cares, created by majority Democrats in the Legislature in 2019.
The long-term care program offers a lifetime payout of no more than $36,5...