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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

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THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015

OLYMPIA -- Flags fly at half-staff on April 15 to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death. (Jonathan Brunt)

WaLeg Day 94: New ideas on public school funding

OLYMPIA -- Only 11 days left in the regular session, but that doesn't mean there are no new ideas floating around. Senate Democrats unveiled a trio of bills that would put more money into schools through a capital gains tax on the upper, upper income and rearrange the levy system. Senate Republicans may have a plan of their on in the afternoon.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014

Elway Poll: Voters might support some tax hikes

Washington voters might be willing to approve higher taxes for some public projects, a new survey by The Elway Poll suggests. Asked whether they would support or oppose a tax increase for seven different things local governments spend money on, a majority of the 501...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

Lege to pot businesses: No tax breaks for you

OLYMPIA -- Legal marijuana growers in Washington will not get any of the tax breaks other farmers get, under a bill passed today by the Legislature. The House gave final passage to a bill that makes marijuana farming different from any other agricultural product, and...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

Senate: No tax breaks for pot

OLYMPIA -- A unanimous Senate voted to bar tax breaks for the state's fledgling marijuana businesses. On a 47-0 vote, it passed SB 6505, which says the state's new marijuana entrepreneurs who have filed for licenses to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana won't be...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2013

This map shows the business tax structures for all the states. (The Tax Foundation)

WA No. 6 for good biz tax structure

Washington state has the sixth best structure for business taxes in the country, the Tax Foundation said. In its annual report on state tax "climates", the foundation gave Washington high marks...as it usually does. This may surprise people who have heard the business community complain...

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

5 tax advisory votes this fall

OLYMPIA — Washington voters will be asked in November what they think about five tax increases. What legislators do with that knowledge is pretty much up to them, because the taxes are already law, and the election itself won’t change that. . . To read...

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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

Washington: We're No. 2...in cell phone taxes 

From this morning's paper: The next time you change the ring tone on your cellphone, consider choosing the sound of a cash register ringing. Or maybe The Beatles’ song “Taxman.” Washington cellphone users have the dubious distinction of paying the second-highest taxes in the country....

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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Poll: 'Cut spending' beats 'Raise taxes' 

A new survey suggests Washington voters would rather the Legislature cut spending than raise taxes, the folks at Moore Information say. Wow. Bet you didn't see that coming. (Next week, Moore will poll people on whether they'd rather have rain or sunshine tomorrow.) As with...

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

House passes tax bill

OLYMPIA -- Democrats in the House pushed through a $900 million package of tax changes they say is designed to improve public schools, but Republicans insisted were job-killers. On a 50-47 vote, it passed and sent to the Senate a bill that repeals or narrows...

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House takes up tax bill

OLYMPIA -- The House is debating a package of tax changes that would raise about $900 million over the next two years by closing or reducing some tax exemptions, credits and preferences. There are only a few amendments. The first, by Democrats, to give non-residents...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

House panel revises, passes tax hikes

OLYMPIA -- Democrats on the House Finance Committee approved a $900 million package of tax increases this morning designed to pay for increases in public school programs. Republicans voted no, saying the state should increase money for schools without raising taxes. On an 8-5 vote,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Joe Korbuszewski, who works at Red Hot Beer Bar in Tacoma, addresses a rally against an increase in the tax on microbreweries Friday on the north Capitol steps. (Jim Camden)

So many taxes, so many comments

Joe Korbuszewski addresses the group protesting a new tax on microbreweries Friday on the Capitol steps. OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday -- on beer, gasoline or bottled water, on doctors, lawyers or janitors or on nonresidents who...

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OLYMPIA -- The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against extending the state's beer surcharge to microbreweries. (Jim Camden)

Showing up for the protest

The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against the extension of the state's temporary beer surcharge. OLYMPIA -- There's never a giant opener around when I need one. A pair of the Rainier bottles made famous in the beer's off-beat...

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