» Repeal sales tax exemption for trade-ins valued over $10,000
» Repeal public utility tax deduction for in-state portion of interstate transportation
» Repeal use tax exemption for extracted fuel (except hog fuel)
» Refund state portion of sales tax to nonresidents
» Repeal sales tax exemption on bottled water
» Repeal sales tax exemption for janitorial services
» Repeal preferential business and occupation tax rate for resellers of prescription drugs
Most of these have been proposed before (maybe all of them, I’ll have to check the record) and failed to gather support.
Inslee’s budget office put a chart on an easel next to him during his press conference that showed just how much the state needs to raise – if it is to meet the requirements of school improvements already outlined in law.
The amount – in addition to the $200 million-plus he is seeking now – is nearly $1.9 billion more in 2015-17 and $3.57 billion more in 2017-19. Each would be $400 million higher if no new revenues are raised and built into the state’s school-spending commitment in 2014, according to state budget director David Schumacher.