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Tax deal near? Realtors cry foul

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm with 2 Comments »
April 8, 2010 8:45 am

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:

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  1. More super dupper reporting and editing……….Aee you at the TNT on CRACK? where is the info on the taxes? Where are the facts? Where doed it mention “realtors” one in the sentance?

    Typical TNT reporting………..No fact or info…………..No wonder it is losing money, who would pay fopr this crap?

  2. randydutton says:

    How about cutting government employees?
    Consolidate the DNR, DFW, and ECY?
    How about eliminating the ethanol mandate that drives up the cost of fuel?
    How about renegotiating the overly generous government pensions?

    This isn’t over. Unless we can put the brakes on the federal government, we will have a VAT tax, more restrictions, more mandates, which all will reduce the economic engine in Washington State. It is becoming a downward spiral because too many are dependent on government, and not enough on themselves.

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