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Inslee to House Democrats: a plan is in the works to close tax loopholes to raise money for public schools

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on March 5, 2013 at 11:47 am with No Comments »
March 5, 2013 3:11 pm
Gov. Jay Inslee
Gov. Jay Inslee

The cheering that came from the House Democratic Caucus room this morning was for Gov. Jay inslee. He was in talking about his agenda and he indicated he plans to lay out a plan in the next couple of weeks to close tax “loopholes” that he says are obsolete in order to raise money for early childhood education and K-12 schools.

As the Democrat exited to loud applause, he was asked by reporters what his message was for the biggest majority caucus in the Legislature.

“I said when in doubt just do what the governor says. It’s a very easy rule to follow,’’ the Democrat joked. Turning serious, he added: “We talked about education. We talked about transportation. We talked about teamwork. I talked about the fact that we will be addressing some of the needs of education funding in the next few weeks. We’ll be talking about the fact that early childhood education trumps some of the corporate (tax) loopholes that are not economically productive. And we’ll have to put our priority on our children rather than some ancient archaic obsolete loopholes that no longer create jobs. So we’ll be showing and working with them on that package.’’

He did not elaborate on which loopholes meet his test. He had pledged as a candidate last year to look at tax loopholes but never gave examples of any that would raise much money. He did cite one for bull semen production.

As he spoke in the House wings today, Inslee said he also told Democrats “I was eager to work with everyone to try to get a transportation package through this year. I urged people to put their shoulders to the wheel and get a package.’’

His comments come a day after an Elway Poll showed 72 percent of voters are opposed to Democratic Rep. Judy Clibborn‘s proposal to raise the gas tax by 10 cents over five years.

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