House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown took a back exit out of the Governor’s Office late this afternoon to avoid reporters wanting the latest news on their tax-package talks.
The word is they have a tentative agreement, and House Democrats were going to talk by phone conference at 7 p.m. to see if the new plan really flies. Brown told reporters earlier today that a sales tax is no longer part of the deal, but that doesn’t mean much if the House doesn’t like the taxes she suggested for replacing $90 million in revenues that would have come from a temporary, 0.1 percent sales tax increase.
Meanwhile, the Washington Association of Realtors’ president Bill Riley says that a business-occupations tax increase on real estate appears to be part of the tentative deal. Riley shared this statement with The Olympian and News Tribune: