Absolutely disgraceful. When I moved here nearly 10 years ago WA was one of the lowest taxing states in the nation, if not the lowest. Unfortunately the only way to avoid taxes here now is to not undertaken any transactions that involve paperwork: for memory our stamp duty bill on our last house buy was in excess of $20k, if we were to sell it would be double that, even more today. How is it but a state with record low unemployment (roughly 3% and getting lower) and a record level of investment and wealth growth could possibly be the highest taxer in the land? Imagine if we were the lowest today, growth would be higher again, unemployment would be pushing 0% (ok, that’s impossible because some people just refuse to work…but it would be lower) and people would be queuing at the border to come here.