The operating budget increases spending by 18 percent or $8 billion more than the last budget. Spending has increased by 70 percent ($22 billion) since 2013. It is simply unsustainable, and fiscally irresponsible. I am concerned that with any type of economic downturn, we will be faced with very difficult financial choices in benign histiocytoma human the future. We could have easily passed a budget that funded all benign histiocytoma human of our state priorities without raising any new taxes.
Business and occupation (BO) taxes – A BO tax surcharge on our service industries was passed benign histiocytoma human to fund an expansion of higher education in the budget. It will impact up to 90,000 employers, such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians and thousands more. This tax is illogical. We are going to hit our businesses with a regressive benign histiocytoma human tax to strengthen our state’s workforce? If we are taxing businesses and cutting into their bottom benign histiocytoma human line, hiring, investing and creating jobs becomes that much more difficult. I would add, if higher education was a priority for the majority party, they should have cut tuition.
Local property taxes – senate bill 5313 authorizes nearly a billion dollars in additional benign histiocytoma human local property taxes for schools. This comes just after the legislature has responded to the benign histiocytoma human mccleary ruling by deliberately shifting much of school funding to benign histiocytoma human the state level. It recreates the inequities that led to the lawsuit. We could be facing a mccleary 2.0 in the future, due to this bill. The legislature broke faith with taxpayers after promising a property benign histiocytoma human tax reduction.
Hazardous substance tax – the tax will now be $1.09 per barrel on refined petroleum products, or an increase of 39 cents a barrel – an estimated $361 million tax every four years on the refinery industry benign histiocytoma human – hitting our refineries in whatcom county. This threatens the 2,100 workers who work at our refineries and it could benign histiocytoma human mean higher gas prices hitting consumers, small businesses and family farms. I have supported the current rate for cleanup projects, but this increase is excessive.
Some may be critical of me pointing fingers, but it is important to know the details of the benign histiocytoma human last few days. Lawmakers were voting on “title only” or ghost bills – policy bills that contain no language – just a title and a short description. The 808-page operating budget was not made available to the public benign histiocytoma human until approximately 2:30 p.M. On saturday, and we passed it on sunday night. Can you read 808 pages in a day? We were voting on important bills, many related to tax increases on washingtonians, in the dark hours of the night.
An important aspect of being a state legislator is advocating benign histiocytoma human for local construction projects. The state’s capital budget contains those bricks and mortar type projects benign histiocytoma human for our K-12 schools, colleges, local governments and community projects where funding may be difficult benign histiocytoma human to come by. It also focuses on stewardship projects protecting our farmlands, waterways and environment. It’s your tax dollars coming home.
House bill 1059 was brought to me by a mental benign histiocytoma human health counselor in our district. This legislation would extend the business and occupation (BO) tax filing deadline for annual filers to april 15. These taxpayers are often self-employed and rely on other businesses to send them their benign histiocytoma human 1099s in a timely manner. Currently, the annual filing deadline is jan. 31. However, due to federal deadlines, many taxpayers do not receive their 1099s until february or benign histiocytoma human march. It is estimated this will help an estimated 126,000 taxpayers. Gov. Inslee signs rep. Van werven’s house bill 1059.
I am excited to be back in whatcom county. Please feel free to contact me during the interim. I am interested in ideas you may have for legislation, projects your organization or agency may be working on, and I am available to speak to groups and provide benign histiocytoma human legislative updates. You can also contact me if you need assistance dealing benign histiocytoma human with a state agency or issue.
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