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Sunday Spin: Shouldn’t all fields be level by now?

OLYMPIA – There is so much talk in legislative debates of the need to level the playing field that one wonders if an army of bulldozers should be dispatched to sporting facilities around the state.

Such leveling is almost always a major part of any call for tax breaks, whether it's for server farms or border-community retail stores. But the playing fields for alcohol sales are apparently the most cattywampus, judging from efforts to “tweak” Initiative 1183.

You remember I-1183, the initiative that was going to lower the price of hooch and make everyone happy by getting government out of the liquor business and letting the marketplace take control?. . . 

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E-cigarette tax passes committee

OLYMPIA — Washington could levy a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes under a proposal narrowly approved this morning by the House Finance Committee.

On a 7-6 vote, the committee approved a plan to tax the mixture of nicotine, flavoring and water vapor despite objections from some that the product offers a safer alternative to cigarettes and helps some people stop smoking. Supporters said the industry is targeting young people with an addictive product, and the liquid would still be cheaper than a comparable amount of cigarettes.

Under an amendment, the liquid nicotine solutions would be tax free if they were part of a tobacco cessation therapy prescribed by a doctor. The same amendment lowered the tax rate from 95 percent in the original bill. 

Say what?

Kids may say the darnedest things, as Art Linkletter once insisted. But folks at legislative hearings can be a close second. This week’s best description came from an opponent of a plan to raise taxes on vaporized nicotine, or e-cigarettes. Vaping, as it is sometimes called, is a much better choice than smoking cigarettes, Anthony McMullen told the House Finance Committee.

“It’s like going from licking dirt to eating cake,” he said. 

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