The Republican Senate Campaign Committee is disputing an assertion made in mailers opposing state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Hill is facing Democrat Matt Isenhower in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate after election day.
Brent Ludeman, executive director for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, says a mailer by Washington Conservation Voters is not factual about Hill’s record on closing tax loopholes. The mailer, which you can see here, states that Hill has “refused to close a single one of the 650 wasteful corporate tax loopholes on the state books.”
Ludeman gives this list of tax exemptions Hill voted to close: SB 6635 that ended the first mortgage interest business and occupation tax exemption on big banks; an estate tax loophole in (HB 2075); an agricultural exemption for marijuana (SB 6505), and an exemption on land-line telephones (HB 1971).
Shannon Murphy, president of Washington Conservation Voters, didn’t dispute those examples, but said Hill did not work to pass the exemptions in his capacity as chairman of the Senate budget committee.
“Of the 650 tax loopholes in Washington state in 2014, not one of them were closed by Senator Hill as the Senate budget leader, including a bill that would have closed a $59 million (per biennium) oil tax loophole that would have been transferred to education funding,” Murphy wrote in an email.