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Governor Inslee on McCleary and tax increases: 2012 versus 2014

November 7, 2014

At a post election press conference earlier this week Governor Inslee was asked about his 2012 campaign promise not to ask for tax increases and how that squares with his new calls for tax increases to address the McCleary K-12 funding ruling. When asked what changed since 2012 the Governor said on Wednesday:

The world is a different place. We’ve had a very unique unprecedented event in our state’s history and that is the Washington State Supreme Court has held the state of Washington in contempt of court for its failure to fund education of our state. That is a significant event.

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Marketplace Fairness Is Not A Fair Option

By Deborah Collier |Wastewatcher

October 2014,

On July 15, 2014, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.  This legislation would make the current moratorium on Internet access taxes, which was first enacted by Congress in 1998.  However, Democratic leaders in the Senate allowed the bill to languish in an effort to appease a few senators who wished to tack on to the bill a more controversial taxing measure, the Marketplace Fairness Act.  In order to avoid the expiration of the existing Internet access tax moratorium on November 1, Congress included a temporary extension in the continuing resolution until December 11, 2014.

S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) sounds innocuous.  However, in Orwellian fashion, the title means quite the opposite (think…Affordable Care Act).

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King County, WA voters saying ‘no’ to taxes, higher car tab fees

Tim Eyman saysI told you so

April 23, 2014

Sky Valley Chronicle

(SEATTLE, WA) — There’s something about those car tab fees that continue to turn voters off.

King County voters are saying no to proposed sales tax hike and an increase in the car tab fee to pay for roads and to prevent cuts in Metro transit bus service.

In early returns Tuesday night, Proposition 1 was failing by a ten point margin, 55 percent to 45 percent.

The measure asks for a $60 car-tab fee and a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in the sales tax in order to raise some $130 million a year over 10 years. Continue reading

The “rain man”, er, government, cometh

Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewitt

Posted 3/17/2014

Don’t you just love a guy with a sense of humor, attitude and documentation

His bottom line

Sorry, the environment comes first.

In life, only three things are certain — death, taxes and RAIN.


Let’s examine a preview? of WA STATES future stormwater runoff tax


Consider all the ways we’re taxed. When we’re born (birth certificate), when we die (death certificate), when we make money (income tax), when we spend money (sales tax), when we own property (property tax), when we sell property (capital gains tax), when we go to a concert or ball game (amusement tax), when we own a vehicle (license, registration, tolls, gas tax) and special taxes on cell phones, tobacco, alcohol, energy, etc. Then, when we die, they tax our income all over again (death tax). Heck, they even tax our bowel movements (flush tax). Continue reading

Supplemental budget, veteran and homeless bills pass as session ends. Bills on other big issues fail

from Washington

Posted 3/14/2014

The House and Senate gavels came down simultaneously at seven minutes to midnight on Thursday, as the legislature adjourned “sine die” (Latin for “no more meeting days”) to the cheers of lawmakers and staff who had been working at a fast pace to finalize and pass legislation.

Lawmakers passed a compromise supplemental operating budget (SB 6002) that adds about $155 million in spending to the $33.6 billion 2013-15 budget, including $58 million more for school supplies and technology, $22 million more for mental health programs and $25 million for the Opportunity Scholarship fund. The bill passed by large bi-partisan votes, 83-15 in the House, and 48-1 in the Senate. Continue reading

Big issues, including transportation, pending as 2014 session winds down to adjournment

Posted 3/11/2014

State Senate lawmakers put in some overtime on Saturday to clear their concurrence calendar—actions on bills that were passed with changes by the opposite chamber. They also passed SB 5887 to merge the state’s medical marijuana system with the use of recreational marijuana as approved by voters in Initiative 502. The bill would reduce the amount of marijuana and the number of plants patients can possess, does away with collective gardens and establishes a patient registry. Passing by a vote of 34-15, the measure garnered the supermajority support required to amend an initiative and now goes to the House, which passed a similar bill last month.

The medical marijuana bill is just one of the measures that needs to be settled between the House and the Senate before lawmakers go home on Thursday, March 13th. Continue reading

Washington State Congresswoman says ‘fiscal responsibility’ behind decision to cut federal agency spending

By Stevie Mathieu 
Columbian Politics Reporter

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Conservationists cried foul this week when a bill that would slash money for land and water conservation projects began moving through Congress. They’re putting pressure on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to support the fund.

The Camas Republican sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, as well as its environmental subcommittee, which passed the bill in question. Even though Herrera Beutler plans to vote in favor of the bill, it doesn’t mean she supports zeroing out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, her spokesman Casey Bowman said.

Beyond the conservation fund provision, the House bill allots $24.3 billion next year to the federal Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and other agencies. The bill would reduce funding to those agencies by 19 percent when compared with 2013 spending levels.

Herrera Beutler’s final decision on the bill came down to fiscal responsibility, Bowman said. Continue reading

Mandated by the US Congress – Promoting the UN, ICLEI & NGO’s Agendas


in the GLOBAL Change Research Act of 1990

INTERNATIONAL UNITED NATIONS Framework Convention on Climate Change
U.S. Local Governments for Sustainability
WA State Puget Sound Partnership

The USGCRP began as a GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH presidential initiative in 1989 and was MANDATED by CONGRESS in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and THE WORLD to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
NASA’s investment in the 13-AGENCY CCSP is 58% of the total amount of the President’s 2009 Budget Request for CCSP.

Budget In MILLIONS (the only years available on line?)
2006 $998.8 = $998.8 million
2007 $1047 million = $1.047 Billion
2009 $1057 million = $1.057 Billion
TOTAL BUDGET 1989 – 2012? TRILLIONS? Continue reading

IRS: No Search Warrant Needed to Read Taxpayers’ E-mail

by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D
The New American

Posted 4/13/2013

The federal government’s surveillance bandwagon is getting crowded. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the latest to jump on, claiming that its agents do not need a warrant to read “taxpayers’” e-mails.

According to documents obtained from the IRS as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the tax-collecting behemoth believes that Americans have “generally no privacy” when it comes to the information included in any electronic communication from e-mail to Facebook chats and direct messages exchanged on Twitter.

These forms of communication are not protected by that expectation of privacy granted to other aspects of their personal lives; thus IRS agents need not petition a judge for the right to snoop into the content of these communications. Continue reading

WA: Sequim policies hurt business, some merchants say about sign rules, ‘impact’ fees

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

Posted 3/27/2013

SEQUIM, WA –– Is the city of Sequim anti-business?

Many owners of businesses between downtown and the big box stores on the west side of the town that is a commercial center for the North Olympic Peninsula, say yes.

“Dancing with them has just been . . . insane,” said Karen Kester, owner of Karen’s Sequim Sewing Center inside the Sequim Village Center, 609 W. Washington St.

Restrictions on curb-side advertisements and impact fees charged on new businesses have prompted an onslaught of outrage from the West Washington Street business community toward City Hall. Continue reading

Paying per mile: New technology could charge drivers a road use fee

by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

Posted on February 7, 2013

SALEM, Ore. – Mary Olson pays practically zero attention to the tiny device that is plugged into her car just below the steering wheel.

Her only reminder that it exists arrives in the mail each month in the form of a bill, which shows how the device is keeping track of every mile she drives and charging her for it.

Olson is one of about 50 Oregon drivers currently testing technology that could someday replace the gas tax with a system requiring people to pay a small fee for every mile they drive – an idea known as a road user charge.

“I’m very proud of the state of Oregon for being a leader on this,” said Olson, who sits on Oregon’s Transportation Commission.  “In order to maintain our transportation system, we need to come up with an alternative to the gas tax.” Continue reading

Senator’s Plan Makes Tax Returns the Size of a Postcard


Posted 2/3/2013

Sen. Richard Shelby is pushing legislation that would replace today’s income tax code with a 17 percent flat tax and reduce tax returns to the size of a postcard.

“Our tax code and regulations total tens of thousands of pages that are complicated and confusing,” the Alabama Republican said in a statement posted on the website.

“That is why I have introduced the SMART Act — the Simplified, Manageable And Responsible Tax Act. Continue reading

WA State studies taxing car owners based on how much they drive


Posted 12/12/2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State transportation officials now know there are several ways to track how much drivers are using the state roads.

Consultants presented a number of options to members of the State Transportation Commission in Olympia Wednesday morning.

If the state decides to implement a “pay as you go” taxing system for drivers, motorists could be given several options. Continue reading

‘Poverty’ like we’ve never seen it

for the New York Post

Posted 12/1/2012


The federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be poor if its pre-tax income is below $37,900.Even with full medical coverage.

The calculation helps explain why newly revised Census Bureau figures hike the number of poor Americans to 49 million as of last year, further widening an already yawning gap between ordinary perceptions of poverty and how the government sees it.

This breathtaking number begs the question: What does it mean to be “poor” in the United States?

To the average American, the word “poverty” means significant material hardship and need. It means lack of a warm, dry home, recurring hunger and malnutrition, no medical care, worn-out clothes for the children. The mainstream media reinforce this view: The typical TV news story on poverty features a homeless family with kids living in the back of a van. Continue reading

Taxpayers Foil State Revenue Schemes: Penny/Oz. Soda Tax, 500% Tobacco Tax Hike – And More

By Lee Schalk
CNS News

November 16, 2012

Many conservatives are still trying to shake off a post-election hangover, but, there is a lot more to last week’s election results than Pres. Obama’s reelection and lost opportunities to pick up Congressional seats.

America’s choices on ballot measures reveal more than a handful of silver linings indicating many voters remain passionate about low taxes and fiscal restraint when personalities are removed from the policies – even in states that supported the President.

Arizona put forth one of the strongest performances on fiscal issues. There, voters defeated a proposal to make permanent a “temporary” 2010 sales tax increase. Thanks to their rejection of the extension, taxpayers will save approximately $1 billion a year. Arizona also approved a limit on property valuations, which will help keep property taxes reasonable during the current economic slump. Continue reading

One-fifth of 2 percent GDP growth was increased government spending

October 26, 2012

Oct. 26, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advance estimate of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 3rd quarter showing 2 percent growth:

“Today’s report shows that the GDP grew by $190.1 billion at a 2 percent rate in the third quarter. There’s only one problem. $38 billion of that, or 20 percent, was an increase in government spending. That means without government included, the private sector only expanded by a tepid 1.6 percent. This is the best the Obama economy can do: increase government spending, meanwhile the private economy continues to flounder. Continue reading

WA State to spend $1.5 billion for fish culverts?

from Pearl Rains-Hewett
Posted 8/14/2012
Another federal judge is presiding over a Tribal lawsuit to enforce the state’s obligation to actively protect fish habitat.
The cost to implement repairs and provide fish with a smooth and unobstructed water flow may exceed $1.5 billion. (cost estimate in 2007-2009?)
The Tribes want the culverts fixed within two decades, but WA State lawyers say that would cost $165 million every two years (cost estimate in 2007- 2009?) — 10 times what the state spends fixing culverts now. The state’s alternative plans wouldn’t likely change the costs, but the work would take 50 or more years to complete.  Continue reading

Five major ObamaCare taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013

Fox News

Posted July 5, 2012

While the individual mandate tax gets most of the attention, the ObamaCare law actually contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people. These taxes are gradually phased in over the years 2010 (with its 10 percent “tanning tax”) to 2018 (when the tax on comprehensive health insurance plans kicks in.)

Six months from now, in January 2013, five major ObamaCare taxes will come into force:

1. The ObamaCare Medical Device Manufacturing Tax

This 2.3 percent tax on medical device makers will raise the price of (for example) every pacemaker, prosthetic limb, stent, and operating table. Can you remind us, Mr. President, how taxing medical devices will reduce the cost of health care? The tax is particularly destructive because it is levied on gross sales and even targets companies who haven’t turned a profit yet. Continue reading

North Dakota voters to decide on abolishing property tax

By Dennis Cauchon,

Posted June 13,2012

North Dakota voters will decide Tuesday on the ultimate tax revolt: abolishing the property tax altogether. A citizen-led petition drive has put the daring, all-or-nothing proposal before the voters in a state flush with tax revenue, jobs and prosperity generated by an oil boom.

If the property tax is eliminated, it would be the first time since 1980 — when oil-rich Alaska got rid of its income tax — that a state has discontinued a major tax, reports the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research group. North Dakota would become the only state not to have a property tax, a levy the state has had since before it joined the union in 1889. Continue reading

Why government employee collective bargaining laws must be reformed now

From Bob Williams article on State Budget Solutions

from Freedom Foundation

on June 5, 2012.

There are three important lessons from the Wisconsin collective bargaining battles over the past eighteen months:

1.  The power of the government-sector unions and their impact on elections is greatly overestimated. With a victory for Gov. Walker, Wisconsin Government employee union will have suffered their fifth major defeat since March 2011.

2.    When given a choice, government employees will quit their union in large numbers.

3.    Government employees’ salaries and benefits, particularly pensions, are financially unsustainable in most states and collective bargaining reform is needed.
This paper outlines the problems with government-sector collective bargaining and lists a series of collective bargaining reform options; and has background information on the history of federal government-sector collective bargaining.

1.    The power of the government-sector unions and their impact on elections is greatly overestimated. Wisconsin Government employee union suffered their fifth major defeat since March 2011 last night.
May 8, 2012 their candidate, Kathleen Falk, was defeated in Democrat primary for candidate to challenge Gov. Walker in June recall election.
June 5, 2011-Their attempt to get control of the State Senate by recalling four Republican State Senators failed.
April 5, 2011. Their candidate, JoAnne Kloppenburg, was defeated in a race against incumbent Justice David Prosser.
March 2011. Defeated in their attempt to stop the Budget Repair Bill which included the collective bargaining reforms. Continue reading

Seattle judge overturns two-thirds vote for tax increases

May 30, 2012

In overturning Washington state’s voter-approved two-thirds majority for raising taxes, a King County judge may have inadvertently bolstered the latest efforts of those who’ve spent years introducing — and reintroducing — similar legislation.

Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller on Wednesday ended three months of deliberation by ruling that requiring a super majority for the Legislature to approve tax increases — as Washington voters have done four times dating back to 1993 — is unconstitutional. Continue reading

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