Re: “After fierce debate, Washington State Senate approves new tax on capital gains by one vote” [March 6, Local News]:

Republican state Sen. Brad Hawkins, of East Wenatchee, opposes the proposed new tax on capital gains over $250,000 because he is afraid that in the future it could be expanded to apply to lesser amounts.

Our tax burden currently falls heaviest on the lowest income groups. As the state has increased revenues to provide needed infrastructure and services, we have skidded down the slippery slope of multiplying and increasing fees for everything from using a state park to driving in an HOV lane.

I say it’s time to find a way to spread the burden to those who are not carrying their fair share.

Barbara Banfield, Langley