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Will public employee pension costs cause your property taxes to increase?

October 31, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Voice of the Valley on October 31, 2014

The House Finance Committee held a work session yesterday focused on the fiscal health of Washington's cities and counties. Among the presentations lawmakers heard was a pitch from the Washington Association of Counties to provide local governments more flexibility on existing tax sources while providing new tax options.

Public employee pension vs property taxes

October 31, 2014 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
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The Snohomish Times
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Will public employee pension costs cause your property taxes to increase?

October 30, 2014 in Blog

The House Finance Committee held a work session yesterday focused on the fiscal health of Washington's cities and counties. Among the presentations lawmakers heard was a pitch from the Washington Association of Counties to provide local governments more flexibility on existing tax sources while providing new tax options. One recommendation in particular of note from the Counties:

Updated legislative tax survey results

October 23, 2014 in Blog

Earlier this month we published the results of our legislative tax survey that asked legislators and candidates the following question:

Survey question to lawmakers and candidates: Would you vote to allow the people of Washington to have the opportunity to vote on a state constitution amendment to require a supermajority vote in the Legislature to raise taxes?

Party-line differences on tax hikes

October 17, 2014 in In the News
The Daily Troll
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The Daily Troll
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

100 lawmakers and candidates respond to tax survey

October 14, 2014 in Blog

Curious to know if those that hope to represent you in the Legislature next year believe you have the right to settle the twenty year debate about whether tax increases should receive a supermajority vote or voter approval?

Washington State's Wireless Taxes are the Highest in the Nation

October 8, 2014 in Blog

A report released today by the Tax Foundation ranks Washington as the state with the highest wireless taxes in the nation.

Harris v. Quinn lives in Washington

October 7, 2014 in Blog

It took a few months but we now know the U.S. Supreme Court's June 30 ruling in Harris v. Quinn will be implemented in Washington State. According to the tentative 2015-17 contract agreement between the state and SEIU 775 (Article 4):