Would require the Legislature to approve and send to voters by April 15 a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds super-majorities in both chambers to pass any future tax increase. If the Legislature doesn’t comply, the state’s sales tax would be reduced by 1 percent.
A non-binding vote to consider the Legislature’s decision to raise the fee on crude oil and other petroleum products being transported by rail in the state, which will raise an estimated $17 million over 10 years to help pay for safety inspections of crossings, training and oil spill response efforts.
A non-binding vote to consider the Legislature’s decision to rearrange the marijuana taxes that were imposed by Initiative 502 through a major rewrite of cannabis laws that puts medical marijuana under stricter state control.
A non-binding vote to consider the Legislature’s approval a two-step increase in the gasoline tax, bringing it up 11.9 cents per gallon by next July, to help pay for a package of new transportation projects, ongoing maintenance of highways and bridges, and mass transit spending.
A non-binding vote to consider the Legislature’s elimination of a preferential rate for the B&O tax for royalty income from software manufacturing and an exemption for paying sales tax on new machinery and equipment for Microsoft. That would raise an estimated $1.4 billion over 10 years. It passed the Senate 35-10 and the House 60-38.
The Worker Bill of Rights is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” which would create a minimum wage that would differ based on each worker’s needs. It also would ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race and add protections against termination. The measure would make the rights of corporations secondary to people’s rights.
The six-year levy would pay, in part, for new defibulators to replace the three 15-year-old ones the department has now. Some money would pay to hire a part-time firefighter during the day. The levy would increase property taxes by 25 cents per $1,000 of property value.