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The Republican-controlled Washington Senate has voted to make it harder to approve new forms of taxation.

The Senate Monday narrowly adopted a rule that requires a two-thirds vote to bring proposals for new taxes to the floor for a final vote. Republican Joe Fain defended the rule change.

"It only would impact things like a capital gains tax or an income tax or a radical change to our tax structure in this state which I think, reasonably, should require a higher threshold from this chamber if we’re going to do so,” Fain said.

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It’s said that death and taxes are the only certain things in life. But it’s almost always certain that Democrats and Republicans will disagree on taxes.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is defending his call for higher taxes in 2015. The Democrat reacted Thursday to criticism from Republican lawmakers.

Washington voters would prefer no new taxes and no deep cuts to state services. But if that’s not possible, they’re open to some new taxes.

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Oregon and Idaho have a capital gains tax. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to enact one. It’s part of a $1.4 billion tax package the Democratic governor proposed Thursday.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is likely to propose a more than $1 billion revenue package when he unveils his proposed two-year budget next week.

That’s according to the governor’s budget director who briefed reporters Tuesday at the Capitol.

Washington is expected to take in nearly $3 billion more in taxes over the next two years. Even so, the governor’s budget office anticipated a nearly $2.5 billion shortfall. A school funding lawsuit and cost of living raises for state and K-12 employees are two big ticket items.

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up As Job Growth Continues

May 28, 2014
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Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels. But state economists told lawmakers Wednesday that job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for the state.

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Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state. That estimate comes from a new study by two think tanks from back East. They compared actual legal sales in a state against the level you would expect to see based on its smoking rate. From that, they came up with a smuggling estimate. The study pegs low-tax Idaho as a major source of smuggled cigarettes. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Proposal Would End Idaho Sales Tax on Groceries

Feb 28, 2014
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An Idaho state senator and gubernatorial candidate has introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.

Republican State Senator Russ Fulcher says it’s time Idahoans were able to take advantage of the same savings that neighboring states like Washington, Oregon, and Montana have, by not having to pay sales tax on most grocery items.

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.