Governor sends $4.4 billion tax increase letter to Santa

By JASON MERCIER  | 
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Dec 19, 2016

It's good to see the Governor is such a strong believer in Santa. That said, no matter how good the Governor may have been, there is no way Old Saint Nick is going to bring a $4.4 billion tax increase on his sled. To do so would ignore the countless letters for tax sanity mailed this past election from many Washingtonians.

Now perhaps if Gov. Inslee had actively campaigned for re-election with his $4.4 billion tax increase plan, Santa could interpret that as speaking for the rest of us. Instead during the campaign the Governor pointed to the state's strong economic growth and repealing unspecified "outdated" tax preferences as his plan. Now after the election comes his massive $4.4 billion tax proposal (dollars in millions):

It's important to remember that many of these taxes are back-loaded in the second year of the budget meaning the full tax increase is nearly double in size over four years. 

As previously noted, many voters just sent their own letters to Santa telling him we don't want the taxes the Governor is asking for.

Heck, even voters in Olympia said in November they don't want an income tax.

Though lots of hard work undoubtedly went into the Governor's budget proposal, it's safe to say that with the Legislature essentially composed of the same lawmakers that have rejected his prior tax plans, this one too will be D.O.A. 

It looks like we'll have to wait for a non-fantasy proposal to be introduced in the Legislature for the real budget debate to begin. 

In the meantime, let's hope Jack Frost over at the state Supreme Court doesn't try to create a holiday crisis by ordering Santa's helpers at the Legislature to further rescind their constitutional powers of appropriation and taxation.