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Tag: Phyllis Kenney


Expansions of movie tax break advance

House and Senate committees today unanimously approved renewing the tax credit for movie and TV production in Washington.

What’s more, both panels agreed to enlarge the $3.5-million-per-year credit, though not by as much as had originally been proposed by the committees’ chairwomen, Seattle Democrats Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney.

The House bill would phase in an expansion of the credit to $5.5 million a year, starting with $4 million this year. The Senate bill would go farther, increasing the credit right away to $5 million and phasing in an expansion to $8 million.

“We want TV shows. We

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Hearing shows widespread support for Rep. Hunt’s spirits sampling bill and Rep. Kenney’s beer and wine tasting in farmers markets

From wine growers to farmers market leaders to state representatives, speakers at a House committee hearing to expand sampling of alcoholic drinks in Washington were generally supportive of the idea.

The House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs on Wednesday heard widespread positive testimony on two bills, HB 1202 and HB 1172, that would set up pilot projects to try spirits sampling at liquor stores and beer and wine sampling at farmers markets.

If passed, the bills would expand upon a 2010 measure that allows grocery stores to get a license from the liquor control board to provide on-premises beer and wine samples, a program that liquor board representatives say has been largely successful.

Supporters of the bills, sponsored by Rep. Sam Hunt and Rep. Phyllis Kenney, argued that most states allow sampling and the restrictions included in the bills would make sure it happened in a careful, controlled way.

“Wines have been kind of a godsend for our operation—it has allowed us to keep our people employed, pay mortgages, etc.,” said Wade Bennett, a farmer and wine maker who testified at the hearing in support of the farmers market bill.

“We think it’s very important to our prosperity,” he said of the bill.

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