From another thread: >What we need is to replace the income tax with a sales tax. Compare Washington and Oregon. These states are VERY close in size, climate, geographical stuff, population, natural resources. Being on the south, Oregon should have an edge west of the Cascades for growing veggie crops. The biggest difference is that Oregon has a state income tax but WA has a state sales tax, no income tax. The economy of Oregon is historically way below WA. Compare Seattle and Portland (two great cities to live in). Seattle employment hasn't been greatly effected by the latest depression but Portland is in deep do-do.