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Business group pushes for Senate budget in ads

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
April 25, 2013 5:22 pm

A business-funded ad promoting the Senate version of the state budget is running on Western Washington radio stations. recover

Its target is a proposal in the House that would extend expiring taxes on service businesses — including a beauty salon and a veterinarian’s clinic that are highlighted in the ad.

The ad, along with another one that ran earlier and an online ad running on newspaper websites, are mostly positive, focusing on the Senate’s ”pro-education, pro-small business budget” that does not include tax increases. 

“Some Olympia politicians want higher taxes on over 100,000 small businesses, including beauty salons and veterinarians. A bipartisan group of Washington state senators has a better plan. Their budget increases school funding without higher taxes on small business,” the latest ad says.

The Recover Washington coalition is spearheaded by the trade and lobbying group for real-estate agents and says it also includes architects, barbers, bankers, undertakers and more: 40 organizations in all. Also involved is the Association of Washington Business umbrella group, whose heavy lobbying makes it this year’s third-biggest spender in Olympia so far behind two unions including the Washington Education Association, which is also airing radio ads. UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: AWB fell to fourth place after the latest reports.

The business groups oppose extending the 0.3 percent business-and-occupation tax surcharge that lawmakers passed in 2010 as a temporary budget-balancing measure. Gov. Jay Inslee supports extending the tax and the House backed it Wednesday as part of a larger revenue proposal.

The radio ads are running Tuesday through Sunday on Seattle stations that are heard by much of Western Washington, along with stations in Bellingham, Longview, Aberdeen and Olympia, the coalition said. Online ads are to run on the News Tribune, Olympian, Bellingham Herald and Seattle Times websites, the group said.

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