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More radio ads on state budget, this time from state employees’ union

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm | No Comments »
May 8, 2013 4:33 pm
From Washington Federation of State Employees website

The Washington Federation of State Employees, the largest state worker union, said today it is airing ads for the next three weeks to pressure lawmakers to close tax loopholes.

The advertisements are airing on the radio in nearly every part of the state, according to the union, which said it is running cable television ads in areas that lack commercial radio stations. The federation released this transcript:

There’s a good plan in Olympia to close two percent of Washington’s 640 tax loopholes to fund schools and services we need. But the Senate majority and special interests want to add tax loopholes at the expense of our kids and Middle Class jobs. It’s about priorities. Call 800-562-6000. Tell legislators: choose kids, care and courage over loopholes. Paid for by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

It’s an argument that implicitly supports the House budget, which turns to new tax revenue unlike its counterpart in the Senate. The targets include an extension of a business tax surcharge, a sales tax on bottled water and closure of tax exemptions that help oil refineries, high-tech firms and others.

The spots follow others by business groups and the Washington Education Association teachers’ union, each seeking to influence the budget process. They are one way that groups are spending heavily to lobby the Legislature. The federation is one of the biggest spenders on a list that is topped by the WEA, as the Seattle Times reported this weekend.

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