We’ll know more by noon, but polling done for the House Democratic Campaign Committee showed only 28 percent voter support for using a sales-tax to bridge a piece of the state’s $2.8 billion budget shortfall.
Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter of Medina is laying out his tax plans during the lunch hour. He’ll add to the roughly $385 million that his tax-loopholes bill, House Bill 3176, would raise. But he was mum about details yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Rep. Sam Hunt, the Olympia Democrat who chairs the HDCC, said yesterday the poll results are a reason he is now leaning against the sales tax. Hunt did not share other poll results but they were part of a discussion House Democrats had as a caucus Thursday night.
The Senate has proposed $918 million in new revenues, including a three-tenths of one-percent increase in the state share of the sales tax, along with a $1 increase in the cigarette tax and more than a half-billion in closed tax exemptions.
But Rep. Hunter and House Speaker Frank Chopp have favored a menu of taxes that include closure of loopholes and potentially an increase in the state’s tax on toxic materials such as oil and pesticides.