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Senate agrees to tax revenue — if House passes reform bills

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm | No Comments »
June 8, 2013 4:58 pm

The Senate approved a budget plan today that is similar to the one it passed in April, with no new tax revenue. But the Senate Republican-dominated majority held out an offer of adding new taxes — if Democrats in the House agree to their policy goals.

Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond
Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond

Here’s the Associated Press story from Rachel La Corte:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Senate has approved a revised budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed during the regular session as part of an overall plan that makes some concessions on revenue if certain reform bills are passed.

The measure passed on a 25-23 vote Saturday.

The plan includes a requirement that nonresidents apply for sales tax refunds instead of getting them automatically, and ends a tax break for residential phone services.

The budget proposal doesn’t seek to close additional tax exemptions as the Democratic-controlled House did in its budget proposal passed earlier this week, which also eliminated the sales tax exemption on bottled water. The Senate plan also offers a fix to a recent ruling on the estate tax that could cost the state millions of dollars in refunds.

However, Sen. Andy Hill, a Republican from Redmond who is the key budget writer for the chamber, said that the revenue-related bills won’t pass off the Senate floor “until we get the reforms we’re asking for.”

Read the full story.

The reforms include:

Senate leaders didn’t reveal how many have to pass to meet their demands, saying they have given Democrats several options.

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