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Sound Transit officials are fighting to keep unfair car valuation formula
By MARIYA FROST  | 
Mar 22, 2017

Of nearly 20 legislative bills prompted by Sound Transit’s car tab fee overcharges, Sound Transit says they are only “seriously considering” House Bill 2148, which would create a rebate program of up to 40% on inflated car tab fees or property taxes paid by low-income individuals.

However, if Sound Transit officials really believed that their regressive taxes are unfair to low-income people, they would not have imposed them to begin with.

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Senate releases $43 billion budget
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Mar 22, 2017

With a month to go until the end of the regular session we have our first legislative budget proposal. Yesterday the Senate released its proposed $43 billion spending plan ($85.8 billion all funds). This represents approximately a 13% increase in spending from the current budget. For comparison, the 2015-17 budget increased spending by roughly 14%.

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Senator Braun’s Education Equality Act would mean a property tax cut in these school districts
By LIV FINNE  | 
Mar 22, 2017

On February 1, 2017 the Senate responded to the McCleary school funding lawsuit by passing one of the most sweeping education reforms in our state’s history. The bill is known as the Education Equality Act, or SB 5607. Its main sponsor is the Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator John Braun (R-Centralia).

McCleary is the 2012 state supreme court decision which requires the legislature to make “ample provision” for the schools by means of dependable and regular revenue sources. The decision also requires the legislature to reduce its reliance on local levy funding for the schools.

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