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Washington ballot measures: Tax policy

Washington voters have a near record number of initiatives on this fall’s ballot, giving them choices on raising taxes, paying taxes, buying liquor and providing for workers’ industrial insurance. Here’s a look at the tax policy ballot measures.

Con: Initiative 1098 would hurt economy

Let me start by saying that I am a lucky guy. I’m a self-made man who retired at 33, is way overmarried to a fabulous physician and is blessed with three great kids who are in a wonderful local school. I was raised by two hardworking school teachers in Spokane and received a good public education.

Pro: Initiative 1098 is about fairness

I am proud to be chairman of Red Lion Hotels Corporation and former CEO, but my thoughts on the importance of Initiative 1098 are my personal observations. However, it is the 40 years helping build and lead a company that forms my conviction on why we really need 1098.

Baumgartner and Marr: Income tax initiative

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, "Do you support Initiative 1098, which would create an income tax on individuals who earn at least $200,000 and lower the business and occupation tax and the state property tax?"

Business owner backs income tax initiative

Spokane business owner Janine Vaughn is backing Initiative 1098, the high-earners income tax measure on Washington’s November ballot. So is the Main Street Alliance, a small-business advocacy group Vaughn belongs to. If voters approve the initiative, Vaughn said it “would help give hours back to my workers who’ve been hit by cutbacks.”

Author asserts new tax would slow economy

The co-author of a study on state economic competitiveness warned Tuesday that Washington’s economy could tank if voters support a proposed income tax. Jonathan Williams said states that have adopted the tax over the last few decades have suffered for it. A few, Missouri and Kansas among them, may eliminate the tax, he said.

Businesses plan support of initiatives

Doubt and confusion are hurting the national economy and could undo efforts to get Washington voters to pass business-friendly initiatives on the November ballot, the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business said Monday in Spokane. Patrick Connor said business groups will be running advertisements and creating online videos to support eliminating the government monopoly in workers’ compensation insurance, repeal sales taxes on candy and bottled water, and restore a requirement that two-thirds of legislators must approve a tax increase.

Initiative support tepid in poll

Washington voters may be experiencing initiative overload this year with a near-record number of ballot measures. They can stage a “tax revolt” by lifting new taxes imposed by the Legislature in April or reinstate a two-thirds supermajority for any tax increase. They can also impose an income tax on people who make more than $200,000.

Poll: Weak support for Washington initiatives

Three initiatives that would change the state’s tax policies – instituting an income tax, dropping a series of consumer taxes or requiring supermajorities to pass new taxes – have more support than opposition among voters, a new poll by Elway Research Inc. indicates. But none has a majority of voters saying they’d vote yes if they were casting ballots right now. Neither do the other three initiatives placed on the ballot by petition drives – two that would end the state’s ownership of liquor stores and another that would change the system for compensating injured workers.

Caldwell: I-1098 is not a business-friendly tax option

Nobody out here in Eastern Washington likes to admit it, but King County is the great trough from which most of the rest of us feed. Initiative 1098 is a great opportunity to increase our caloric intake.

Signatures portend long November ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely have six initiatives on the November ballot dealing with taxes, booze and workers’ comp. They could repeal some of the recent consumer taxes on soda, bottled water and candy; levy an income tax on people who make more than $200,000 a year; and restore a supermajority requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes.