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June
13th

UPDATE – House passes estate tax bill on 55-33 vote; deal with Senate GOP exempts some family-owned business assets

UPDATE: The House vote on the new version of the estate tax passed on a 53-to-33 vote this morning. A few Republican members objected to making the law retroactive to include certain estate trusts formed prior to 2005 that are now eligible for tax refunds after a 2012 court ruling.

Republican Reps. Gary Alexander of Thurston County and Chad Magendanz of Issaquah voted with Democrats in favor. Alexander said he had qualms about the policy but thought the bill might ease the budget stalemate.

 

ORIGINAL POST: House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan and Finance Committee chair Reuven Carlyle say they and

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June
6th

House votes to turn sales-tax break for out-of-state shoppers into a refund program that raising $47.3 million in revenue

House Democrats used their superior numbers to push through a tax measure this evening that ends the sales-tax exemption for out-of-state shoppers, turning the tax break into a refund program. House Bill 2036 raises about $47.3 million in the next biennium, if the Republican-controlled Senate agrees to pass the measure as part of ongoing budget negotiations at the Capitol.

As crafted by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, the Democrats’ Finance Committee chairman, the measure does not actually end the ability of out-of-state shoppers to get a tax break. But it does make them fill out paperwork and apply for the refund.

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June
6th

House approves $109.9 million telecommunications tax bill on bipartisan vote

The state House passed a bill to equalize taxes levied on various telecommunications services Thursday, winning strong support from both sides of the aisle for what is in effect a $109.9 million increase in taxes on home and cell telephone services. The vote in the Democrat-controlled chamber was a lopsided 74-to-18 with more than 20 Republicans voting for it and just 17 opposed. Among Democrats, only Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver voted against it – something the first-year lawmaker has done on several tax measures this year.

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May
29th

UPDATE – Déjà vu on estate tax: House Finance OKs new version of bill on party-line vote

 

The House Finance Committee voted (8 to 3) along party lines this morning to close a loophole in Washington’s estate tax that was created by a Supreme Court ruling in the Bracken case last year. Lawmakers say the ruling left married couples’ estates untaxed, while single persons’ estates would be subject to the tax on estates valued at more than $2 million.

House Bill 2064 now goes to the House floor for a vote on Thursday – having to go through the process a second time because it did not pass the Senate in

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April
23rd

House tax package clears first committee on party-line vote; beer no longer in $900M bill

The House Finance Committee has voted 8-to-5 along party lines to approve a $900 million tax package. The biggest piece of House Bill 2038 is the permanent extension of a business-occupations tax surcharge that otherwise expires in June. But in its scaled-back form, it no longer extends the temporary tax surcharge on beer that was adopted in 2010.

Republicans offered a series of amendments seeking to omit elements of the package – everything from closure of a tax-break for out of state shoppers to a tax on certain imports and bottled water. A final striking amendment from

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April
10th

House budget has $150,000 for thorough study of economic impacts of coal export facilities in Washington

An overlooked item in the House Democrats’ operating budget is a $150,000 proviso for a study of the economic impact of coal-export facilities on Washington state.

Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, called attention to the tiny allocation in the Democrats’ $34.5 billion proposed budget released Wednesday. He said in an email that it “recognizes the need for Washington to thoroughly evaluate the economic impacts of coal exports in our state. By utilizing the expertise of our state agencies, we hope to capture the net economic impacts of the proposed projects so that Washington taxpayers have an apples-to-apples comparison

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April
8th

House Finance votes 8-to-5 on party line Monday to repair estate tax after Supreme Court ruling; GOP objects to retroactive language

Republican Rep. Terry Nealey of Dayton offered an amendment to cut off the state’s claim to taxes back only as far as 2005. This cutoff date would have avoided the threat of further litigation, according to Nealey. But it would protect the state against only $30 million in claims – a fraction of the estimated $160 million cost of the court’s ruling.

And the debate on this tax is occurring in a year that Democrats are looking for extra money anywhere they can to put into K-12 schools and higher education.

In the end, majority Democrats used their larger numbers

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March
25th

‘Main Street’ group organizes letter to lawmakers from small business owners that favor new state revenues

Advocates of an increase in state revenues brought a few small-business owners to the Capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to close tax “loopholes.” Of course leaders of the left-of-center Our Economic Future coalition and Main Street Alliance, who organized the event, couldn’t specify which tax breaks they consider loopholes.

Everyone is apparently waiting for Gov. Jay Inslee to lay out his package of revenue ideas for narrowing the state budget shortfall and meeting the state’s obligations for funding K-12 public schools.

Up to now, the Democratic governor has had trouble putting his finger on tax breaks to repeal. But aides

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