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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
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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

Track your lawmaker on Washington Votes

January 7, 2010 in In the News
The News Tribune (Tacoma)
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The News Tribune (Tacoma)
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Washington State Senators Claim Income Tax Is ‘Fiscal Reform’

January 5, 2010 in In the News
The Biz Coach
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The Biz Coach
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Should cash-strapped state outsource more work?

January 5, 2010 in In the News
SeattlePI.com
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SeattlePI.com
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Income tax bills introduced

January 4, 2010 in Blog

No session would be complete without the obligatory income tax proposal. Senators Rosa Franklin (D-29) and Joe McDermott (D-34) have introduced SB 6250 and SJR 8219 to fulfill this annual session prerequisite. Here is the intent section for SB 6250:

"It is the intent of the legislature in adopting this title to provide the necessary revenues for the support of vital state services on a more stable and equitable basis."

It will be interesting to hear how this income tax proposal will be able to fulfill this intent and succeed where other income taxes have failed. I'm sure other income !
tax states such as California will be eager to learn how to make income tax revenue recession proof.