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Study: Tax Increases Threaten More Job Losses in Washington

January 11, 2010 in In the News
The Biz Coach
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The Biz Coach
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Tax Increases Will Cost Even More Washingtonians Their Jobs

January 11, 2010 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Possible tax increase could hurt workers (video)

January 11, 2010 in In the News
KNDU TV (Tri-Cities)
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KNDU TV (Tri-Cities)
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Tax increases will cost even more Washingtonians their jobs

January 11, 2010 in Blog

A new study by the Washington Research Council shows that tax increases will cost thousands of Washingtonians their jobs. According to the study, increasing the state Business and Occupation tax (B&O) by $1 billion would eliminate up to 15,072 jobs. A $2.6 billion B&O tax increase would cost 38,968 Washingtonian’s their jobs. A $1 billion sales tax increase would eliminate 14,759 jobs. A $2.6 billion sales tax increase would eliminate 38,024 jobs. The study shows jobs losses by 2013. 

Today the Washington Policy Center is running a full-page ad in The Olympian warning lawmakers about the impact of tax increases. The ad focuses on the job loss f!
indings from the study.

Since it is impossible to forecast how the legislature would spend the money collected from tax increases, the ad highlights the impact of just the tax increases. The study shows job losses could be mitigated depending on how lawmakers chose to spend the new tax revenue.

To put the state on firm fiscal footing, any budget adopted must not raise taxes during a recession, or result in a projected deficit in the next biennium. This will mean that some of the programs we’ve grown accustomed to during good times must be eliminated. Taking more money from businesses and cutting people’s take-home pay through higher taxes is not the solution.

Additional Information
The Economic Impact of Hiking Taxes to Close the Budget Gap
Full-page newspaper advertisement !
in The Olympian

Budget solutions will require tough decisions and real reforms
Economists Warn Tax Increases Will Hurt Our State’s Economy
Resources for Building the State Budget
Principles of Taxation for Elected Officials

State taxes due to rise in 2010, hurting small business recovery

January 10, 2010 in In the News
Snohomish County Business Journal
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Snohomish County Business Journal
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Friday, January 1, 2010

Budget solutions will require tough decisions and real reforms

January 10, 2010 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Washington's credit rating outlook: "Negative"

January 7, 2010 in Blog

One of the state's credit raters has downgraded Washington's credit outlook from stable to negative. In its December 31, 2009 report, Moody's Investors Service said:

Moodys
Moodys2

Last month the State Treasurer warned that Washington would run out of money by September if immediate action was not taken to balance the state budget.

The 2010 Legislative Session starts next Monday, January 11.

Let's hope balancing the budget in a sustainable manner without job-killing tax increases is the first order of business.

County office's past sexual complaints come to light

January 7, 2010 in In the News
The Herald (Everett)
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The Herald (Everett)
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Thursday, January 7, 2010