To underscore their point, Washington Citizen Action and the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations put together a list of alternative ways to spend $74 million. The cash could:
-Hire 1,300 teachers at an average salary of $44,954, or
-Pay for job training for 17,390 welfare recipients, or
-Provide basic health coverage for 31,000 poor people.
Proponents of the tax breaks argue that they're necessary for a strong economy, particularly in rural areas. Prosperous, growing companies, they say, provide both jobs and more taxes to support social service programs.