taxes

Anti-tax Pledge
4:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Murray Urges More Republicans To Break Anti-tax Pledge

Sen. Patty Murray
Credit CSPAN

U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.

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Internet Sales Tax
5:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Wash. Congressman Doubts Lame Duck Cyber Sales Tax Vote

The Washington Department of Revenue estimates state and local tax coffers will miss out on $1 billion over the next two years due to Internet sales.
Credit Gflores / Wikimedia Commons

Cyber Monday was expected to generate $1.5 billion in Internet sales nationwide. That’s great for online retailers, but not so good for tax coffers in states like Washington and Idaho. That’s because many cyber retailers still don’t collect sales tax. And Congress is unlikely to close that loophole anytime soon.

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Washington State Budget
4:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Practicality Of 'No New Taxes' Pledge Debated In Olympia

Washington State Rep. Ross Hunter, the chief budget writer for House Democrats.
Credit Northwest News Network

In Olympia, a new revenue outlook shows a shortfall in the next state budget cycle. That is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

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Education Tax
4:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire Will Propose Education Tax Before Leaving Office

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.
Northwest News Network

Both candidates for Washington governor have said “no” to higher taxes. But, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.

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Toxic Cleanup Tax
4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. State Supreme Court Says Toxic Cleanup Tax Is Constitutional

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on the toxic cleanup tax Thursday.
Washington Courts website

The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's toxic cleanup tax. A ruling issued Thursday turns aside a challenge from gas station owners.

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Washington Governor Tax Debate
7:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Tax Talk Dominates As Wash. Gubernational Candidates Debate Again

Photo of Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee.
Photo Credit: Rob Mckenna website page and Jay Inslee website page.

The candidates for Washington governor are accusing each other of plotting tax hikes if elected. The issue of taxation came up repeatedly Tuesday night as Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee met in Yakima. It was their third debate.

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Tax Hike Initative
6:11 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Tim Eyman Initiative Once Again Before Washington High Court

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court after oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn his supermajority requirement for tax hikes.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court could decide by the end of this year whether a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is constitutional. But first, the justices must determine who has the right to challenge the law. That technical question was the focus of oral arguments Tuesday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Idaho Wildlife Summit
6:47 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Summit Considered A Success

Attendees at a lecture during the Idaho Wildlife Summit.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

Idaho’s Fish and Game Department told stakeholders this weekend they are losing funding for valuable wildlife conservation programs. This weekend’s public summit was held to get some help from the people they serve. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Oregon Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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Public School Rebates
5:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Corporate Kicker For K-12 Well On Track To November Ballot

An initiative to redirect corporate tax rebates to public schools is on track to qualify for the November ballot. This rebate is called the kicker because it goes into effect when tax revenues exceed projections by more than 2 percent.

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