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November 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM
House Finance Chairman Reuven Carlyle say there’s “rock-solid” language in legislation extending tax breaks for Boeing, and other aerospace companies, to prevent the company from moving the 777X out of Washington in the future.
“They are committing in black and white, not only to the 777X but its descendant planes,” Carlyle said Thursday, the first day of a special session to deal with Boeing. “If there is an assessment and view that assembly has moved or an element of that has moved, then the preferential rates for the 777X goes away. It’s pretty cut and dry.”
A legislative report for House Bill 2089 states the measure “is contingent upon the Department of Revenue making a determination that a final decision to locate a significant commercial airplane manufacturing program in the state of Washington has occurred. If a decision to locate a significant commercial airplane manufacturing program is not made by June 30, 2017, the bill is null and void.”
It goes on to say “a significant commercial airplane manufacturing program is the commencement of manufacturing of a new model of a commercial airplane or a new version of an existing model and the manufacturing of the fuselage and wings of the new model or new version. The ongoing availability of the preferential B&O tax rate for the production of a new or remodeled commercial airplane is contingent upon maintaining all final assembly of the aircraft, wing assembly, and wing fabrication within the state.”
Carlyle said, that given the safeguards, he feels it’s a good move for the state.
“I don’t feel like we’re being blackmailed at all. There’s no question that extending the (tax breaks) … in exchange for an absolute rock solid, black and white written commitment for the 777X and its descendant planes is a responsible marriage and partnership,” he said.
October 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM
House Finance Committee Chairman Reuven Carlyle is calling on the governor to spell out how the state will pay for a proposed $4.2 billion plan to bring more water to the Yakima River Valley.
As explained in a Seattle Times story on Sunday, the proposal would be the biggest thing to hit the region since the Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942. It was tentatively endorsed by the Legislature earlier this year. Among other things, the plan calls for fish passages on dams, new and bigger reservoirs, and a 5-mile-long tunnel to move water between lakes.
“It is fiscally irresponsible to take another step until there is a financing plan,” Carlyle, D-Seattle, said in an interview this morning.
He sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday asking his office to develop one, pointing out that, although backers say farmers and other water users will pay for their share of the project, there’s nothing in writing that spells that out.
Carlyle in an interview also said he’s worried that the federal government won’t come through with funding and that the state will be made responsible for the entire cost.
“This is one of the largest of the largest public works projects in state history with nothing beyond a back-of-the-envelope scribble of how to pay for it. We’re not going to empty out the capital budget account for the next 30 years because the federal government can’t rub two sticks together,” he said.
The governor’s office had no immediate response.
August 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Consumers in Washington state pay the fourth highest sales taxes in the country, according to a new data from the Tax Foundation.
The report on combined state and local sales taxes put Washington’s average rate at 8.87 percent — a 6.5 percent state tax plus an average 2.37 percent local tax rate. In Seattle, the standard local rate is 3.0 percent, including 0.4 percent to the regional transit authority.
Washington’s combined average rate placed behind only Tennessee (9.44 percent), Arkansas (9.18 percent) and Louisiana (8.89 percent), according to the nonpartisan national think tank.
The outcome is no surprise, given that Washington is one of nine states without an individual income tax (Tennessee is another). But local Republicans still seized on the study as evidence that the sales tax should be lowered.
“We should continue to find opportunities to provide relief and create some incentives to our businesses to promote good economic growth and jobs,” said state Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, the ranking Republican on the state House Budget Committee. “This continued push to increase that sales tax would just do more to discourage economic growth in our state.”
Democratic state Rep. Reuven Carlyle disagreed, citing recent state Department of Revenue information that ranked Washington 36th for overall state and local tax burden when compared to income.
“Because we’re one of the only states in the country without an income tax, of course we have a high reliance on sales taxes, so this is hardly an intellectually interesting sliver of news,” Carlyle, D-Seattle, the chairman of the state House Finance Committee, wrote in an email. “The more substantive question is whether we are on the path toward being a low tax, low service, low quality of life state because of our reluctance to invest adequate resources in public education, transportation, universities, parks, Puget Sound cleanup and more. We’re among the most educated, engaged, progressive and courageous 21st Century states, yet our tax policy is frozen in a 20th Century patchwork of inefficiency.”
Three states do not have any state or local sales taxes, according to the Tax Foundation: Oregon, Delaware and New Hampshire. Alaska and Montana do not have a state sales tax but do have local sales taxes.
March 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM
OLYMPIA — Gun-control advocates in the state House conceded defeat Tuesday night on their top priority: a high-profile bill to require background checks for all gun sales.
While cautioning that nothing is ever truly dead in Olympia, bill sponsor Jamie Pedersen said “it does not appear that we’re going to make it there.”
“I always thought this was a stretch goal for us,” said Pedersen, D-Seattle. “It turns out it was too much of a stretch.”
Pedersen and others — including House Speaker Frank Chopp and Gov. Jay Inslee — have spent the past few days pushing for House Bill 1588, which would end a discrepancy in state law that allows sales from unlicensed, private dealers without background checks.
Earlier Tuesday, supporters announced they were adding a referendum clause to the bill in a last-minute bid to secure three needed votes.
Pedersen told reporters that the clause, which would put the issue on the November ballot, would be enough to get the votes. But after a day of politicking, he said the clause had indeed picked up some votes — but also turned off a half dozen original supporters of the bill.
Those supporters were concerned about risking a referendum in an off-year, low-turnout election, Pedersen said.
A spokesman for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which had been pushing the bill, said the group may consider running an initiative campaign in favor of expanded background checks.
In the Legislature, the prospects for the bill also appeared grim in the Republican-run state Senate, where leadership has indicated they will not bring up the bill for a vote.
Supporters in the Senate had said they had the votes to pass the bill — if they could get a vote on it.
Senate Minority Leader Ed Murray said Tuesday’s developments in the House made that harder.
“It’s not over until it’s over, but this makes it more difficult,” he said.
Non-budget bills have until Wednesday to make it out of their house of origin.
On Tuesday night, several House Democrats emerged from the caucus room with tears in their eyes.
“As a parent of four young kids –” said state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. “Just, incredibly disappointing.”
January 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM
State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is a major supporter of higher education and the architect of a bill that gave the state’s universities tuition-setting authority two years ago. So it’s worth hearing what he has to say about Monday’s offer by state university presidents to freeze tuition – just as long as the Legislature gives them an additional $225 million over the biennium.
His take: He’s sympathetic , “but there’s no way in the world anyone could responsibly do that when they’re not promising to move the needle on the accountability metrics, which they helped design.”
Carlyle is referring to the State Public Four-Year Dashboard, a recently released website that looks at things like graduation rates and the time it takes to complete a degree at the state’s six four-year schools.
He says some schools are slipping on degree completion time, meaning that more students are taking longer than four years to finish their degrees. “To me, that is absolutely unacceptable for a student to slip into a fifth year due to their inability to get access to a course,” he said. An extra year of college means more students will go deeper into debt to pay for their educations.
“I just expect more from them,” Carlyle said of the universities. “We’ve got to make progress on access, affordability and quality metrics.”
October 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Debate science: Former Vice President Al Gore —he, a sighing menace to his own presidential debate performance years ago against George W. Bush — had one of the more novel explanation for President Obama’s weak performance in Denver the other night — altitude. Gore who is very science-oriented offered up this doozy.
Tweet of the debate:
Big Bird, as you have heard, was unwittingly one of the stars of the presidential debate. Republican Mitt Romney said — and I paraphrase — he likes Jim Lehrer and Big Bird but wants to cut funding for public broadcasting.
Mentions of Big Bird promptly soared on social media. It’s too soon to tell if donations are up or down at public TV stations around the country. Channel Nine Thursday received a phone call from a senior who railed against Romney for 25 minutes, because Romney says he is for education but won’t support PBS programming, which a lot of seniors adore.
The moment in the national spotlight, however, gave public TV a new chance to point out that some surveys show nearly 70 percent of Americans do not want to eliminate government funding of public broadcasting, said Moss Bresnahan, president and CEO of KCTS 9.
Carlyle v. Eyman, in the ring: State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is hopping mad at initiative guru Tim Eyman for a blast email he sent Thursday that attacks the Everett Herald and its new editorial page editor, Peter Jackson, for changing course and opposing Initiative 1185, the measure that would continue to require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Carlyle is pretty active in his opposition to Eyman measures. But the Eyman email hit a nerve because it attacked Peter directly. Peter Jackson is the son of the late Henry Scoop Jackson, whom Carlyle worked for in his younger days.
Here are some of the pyrotechnics:
From Eyman’s email:
”Today, Scoop Jackson’s son wrote: “We were wrong.” — http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20121004/OPINION01/710049968/-1/opinion#
Be careful taking at face value the word “we” in that sentence because the new “we” isn’t the old “we.” I’m reasonably sure that Peter Jackson was against I-1053 also — he was simply one of the 36% who voted against it. So it seems quite likely that no one at the Everett Herald changed their minds on this issue, even though it was presented that way today.
Besides shifting their newspaper’s editorial position, they have also apparently shifted their endorsement procedures. Allen Funk and Bob Bolerjack followed a common, respectful protocol of asking both sides to come in and discuss and debate I-1053 before their editorial board so they could listen to both sides before writing their editorial. Since I-1185 qualified, I’ve repeatedly contacted Peter Jackson and asked when the editorial board would have us in to discuss I-1185 – he kept saying “we haven’t decided yet.” There was no endorsement discussion; their shift in editorial position was taken without one. Given their new position and how they handled it, it seems unlikely we could have swayed them, but we would have appreciated the chance to try.
Of course it’s now their editorial board and they can have any opinion they want without listening to both sides — it’s still a free country. But it’s quite doubtful that Scoop Jackson’s son previously supported I-1053 but now opposes I-1185. It’s more likely that one of the no voters on I-1053 simply has a louder megaphone this time.”
Carlyle was not so happy with the above:
“There comes a time when public officials have a moral responsibility to stand up for civic dialogue. Today is one of those days and this is one of those times. Tim Eyman’s unbelievable, nasty personal insult to Everett Herald Editorial page editor Peter Jackson, a treasured friend and son of one of our state’s legendary public officials in the late Scoop Jackson, went a step too far outside the dignity of Washington’s history of integrity in politics. Merely because the Everett Herald objectively reconsidered its previous support for Mr. Eyman’s supermajority initiative, a patronizing personal attack on the paper, Mr. Jackson and the memory of Senator Jackson (whom I had the honor of serving as a page for in the United States Senate) was uncalled for. We are better than this as a state and Mr. Eyman demeans us all in demeaning Sen. Jackson’s memory.”
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