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Proposed bill would raise sales tax 1%

February 12, 2010 in In the News
KOMO 4
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KOMO 4
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Legislative Roll Call Report

February 12, 2010 in In the News
The Daily News (Longview)
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The Daily News (Longview)
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Sales tax increase introduced

February 11, 2010 in Blog

With the Senate approving a 2-year repeal of I-960 (Taxpayer Protection Act) the House is gearing up for tax increase votes. Today Representatives Flannigan, Ericks, Pettigrew, Ormsby, ef="http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/representatives/pages/Eddy.aspx" style="white-space: nowrap;" target="_blank" title="View Eddy's web page.">Eddy, Chase, Appleton, Quall, Hunt, Sells, Nelson, Dickerson, Pedersen, Clibborn, Moeller introduced a bill to increase the state's sales tax by 1%.

From HB 3183:

"An unprecedented shortfall in state general fund and transportation revenues has threatened the state's ability to fund vital services and provide adequate transportation infrastructure. Cities, counties, and public transportation systems have also been hurt by the downturn in the economy. For this reason, the legislature is enacting an excise tax equivalent to one percent that will be reduced to one-half of a percent when the state's unemployment decreases to six and five-tenths percent for four continuous months and is eliminated when the unemployment rate decreases to five percent for four continuous months. The additional funding will keep people working, strengthen the safety net for citizens by providing vital needed services, and adding jobs as the economy begins to rebound through investing in the state's economy and infrastructure. The intent is to help people and the economy through the economic crisis, but when the economy has !
recovered, this tax will no longer be required and will be replaced by !
revenue being automatically generated through the revitalized economic growth in the state."

Based on a study by the Washington Research Council, a reduction in the state's unemployment rate to 5% will be a long time away seeing how a sales tax increase of this magnitude could cost 15,000 Washingtonians their jobs.

The state's current unemployment rate is 9.5%.

Poulsbo Legislator Backs 1% Increase in State Sales Tax

February 11, 2010 in In the News
Kitsap Sun (Bremerton)
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Kitsap Sun (Bremerton)
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Senate moves step closer to tax increases

February 11, 2010 in In the News
Seattle PostGlobe
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Seattle PostGlobe
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Washington Legislature Should Smell Some Strong Starbucks

February 11, 2010 in In the News
The Biz Coach
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The Biz Coach
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Thursday, February 11, 2010