OLYMPIA -- Republicans try to strip out a provision that puts the state sales tax on bottled water.
Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, says previous debates have been "pretty esoteric" about things "that really don't direct the lives of individuals. This one does."
"Here is a $30 million tax," Carrell said. "We should not be balancing the budget on the needs of babies, children, parents, grandparents. A direct tax on something that is now part of our culture."
Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, counters this is not a new tax. Prior to 2005 "we had sales tax on bottled water. We have billions of bottles that go in our landfills every year."
Republican Sen. Curtis King replies: "This may not be a new idea. That doesn't mean it's a better idea."
The bill covers 5-gallon containers in dispensers, but has an exemption for people who do not have potable water.
Amendment fails 19-26.