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January 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Eyman: Put constitutional amendment on ballot, or else

Tim Eyman proposed a new initiative on Monday that would chop billions out of the state budget unless the Legislature moves ahead with a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote to approve new taxes. The state Supreme Court ruled last year that requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes is unconstitutional…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: amendment, constitution, Eyman

August 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Study: Washington has one of highest sales-tax rates in country

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…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: Gary Alexander, reuven carlyle, sales tax

June 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

State House passes gas-tax boost for megaprojects

A plan to increase gas taxes 10.5 cents over the next year just passed the Washington state House of Representatives in a 51-41 vote, a day after the same bill failed. The increase, along with boosts in car and truck weight fees, would support most of a 10-year, $10.04 billion package of highway expansions, ferry funding,…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: legislature, ports, taxes

May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

State analysis shows King County pays more in taxes than it gets

Democratic State Rep. Reuven Carlyle released a new state analysis showing King County is a large net exporter of tax dollars to the rest of the state. Carlyle, of Seattle, contends there’s a misconception in the Legislature and elsewhere “that tax dollars are consumed by city living, whether that’s social programs or…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, legislature, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

February 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Legislative items to watch this week: education, business and guns

This week, the state House and Senate will discuss a wide variety of bills, ranging from the ever-present topic of education reform to the hot-button issue of gun control. Monday,, the House Finance Committee will begin to tackle the financial implications of the McCleary decision made last year by the Washington Supreme Court. The Joint Task…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: gun control, McCleary decision, Rep. Cyrus Habib

January 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Gov. Inslee says he’s open to extending expiring taxes

Gov. Jay Inslee, during his first news conference as governor, said he’s open to extending temporary taxes due to expire next year as a way to pay for education or help balance the state budget. Inslee while campaigning for governor vowed not to increase taxes if elected. On Thursday, he said that extending a business and…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: gov. jay inslee, state budget, taxes

October 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Gregoire says candidates’ proposals not realistic

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday dismissed claims by both gubernatorial candidates that they can put more money into education without increasing taxes. The governor said in the past that new taxes would be needed, but took time Thursday to dismantle proposals that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Rob McKenna have made. For example,…


Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Chris Gregoire, education, Jay Inslee

October 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Inslee says he’d veto tax increases

One of the most newsworthy moments of Thursday night’s gubernatorial debate came after  the debate was over. In a post-debate news conference, Democrat Jay Inslee was pressed on whether he’d veto any tax increases sent to him by the Legislature. It was a logical follow-up for Inslee, who has repeatedly said he does not favor…


Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 2012 gubernatorial race, Jay Inslee, Rob McKenna