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UPDATE: Gregoire to sign income tax initiative

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm with 7 Comments »
April 23, 2010 5:48 pm

Original 3:54 p.m. post: Gov. Chris Gregoire said today it’s time for a debate on the income tax, now that Bill Gates Sr. and other advocates have filed Initiative 1077 in a bid to put a high-earners tax on the ballot in November.

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  1. UnbiasedReporter says:

    No surprise there, she said it right after signing the bills for the new taxes. And then she admitted:

    “Gregoire acknowledged that because the income-tax proposal is an initiative, future legislatures could amend it two years after passage,.”

    So, in two years everybody is fair game.

  2. “”Gregoire acknowledged that because the income-tax proposal is an initiative, future legislatures could amend it two years after passage,.”

    So, in two years everybody is fair game. ”

    Yep, It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that coming.

  3. ldozy1234 says:

    Of course during a housing market down turn. Otherwise the rush to sell and move out of this looney state would send a clear message of voter disgust to this greedy bunch of idiots.

  4. Why would we want to follow the example of the state of California by creating a State Income Tax? Based on how well that State has succeeded in managing this tax, why would we expect things to improve in our State which can’t seem to manage its current financial affairs. Budget cuts, lower salaries/benefits and reduce government employees will help to balance our budget. Spending more and increasing overhead has placed this State in its current financial mess. Our governor and elected officials need to reduce spending and balance the budget or we’ll become another California or Illinois!!

  5. Objective says:

    County records show 371 employees – 1 out of every 8 full-time workers – earned at least $100,000 in 2009. That’s a 70 percent increase over 2008, a News Tribune analysis of county pay records shows.

    But cost-of-living pay raises for county employees – including a 5.2 percent raise last year – have drawn the most attention from elected officials. Some want to rein in those raises when union contracts are renegotiated next year.

    These were copied from an article in the News Tribune. If you have not read it already, click the link below. So what happened to those budget cuts? I know the county released several sherrif deputies due to budget cuts or at least they said they were.


  6. Unrepresented says:

    The beginning of the end. A new revenue source that will start with the rich and quickly be amended to include everyone. Wake up folks! These “feel-gooders” need to be run out of office and this state!

  7. sundancejr says:

    This will be an encouragement for the households that make more than 200,000 a year (again a marriage penalty for both to be working). Best to move to a no income tax state & spend their dollars in a lower sales taxed state a double benefit to move elsewhere and a double blow to the state of Washington to lose their wealthier income producers that contribute to the sale tax and property tax revenue.

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