Below is the run-down on the list of new taxes the Wa. State Legislature has decided to levy on the citizenry of this state.  These tax and spend Liberal Democrats, along with some Republicans just don’t understand.  WHAT PART OF NO NEW TAXES don’t you people get?!  These people ALWAYS take the easy path and just raise taxes when we all know that cuts across the board need to be done.  The state government is bloated out of control and none of these spineless, poor excuse for a Senator types are worth a plug nickle.  They are more comfortable with pissing off their constituents, than doing the prudent, logical, right thing to do.  In a recent conversation I had with Rep. Deb Wallace regarding new taxes, she stated that she would not vote in favor of any new tax increases.  Well, a few days later, she in fact did vote for the tax increase being voted on at the time.  I of course, called her on it and her reply stated that she would rather raise taxes, than cut vital services to the people.  Well, you see, that is the game that they play.  They, meaning the Legislature, always threaten to or actually do cut vital emergency services just to drive home their point.  I for one am sick and tired of this lame, underhanded, unethical tactic.  Are they afraid that if they cut some of the “lesser” services, like they should, we would learn to get along without them very well, and dear God, that would actually mean the state government would SHRINK, instated of GROW like they want.  Well, the “jig is up” folks.  There’s “a new Sheriff in town ” and it is the conservative citizens of this state and we ARE going to take our state government back too.  In all elections I urge all to support your CONSERVATIVE candidate AND send money to the other conservatives running that are not in your district.  Give them all the money we can so they have the resources to get the job done.  Now IS the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.  More now than ever.  Lets get the job done and save our democracy, district by district, state by state.

Tax Package Overview – Senate Bill 6143
Description Effective Date 2009-11
($ in millions)
($ in millions)
0.30% B&O tax increase on all services except hospitals, scientific research and development (expires June 30, 2013) 5/1/10 $241.9 $483.1 Includes permanent doubling of small business B&O credit and increase in reporting threshold for service business from $28,000 to $46,667.
B&O tax increase on direct sellers 5/1/10 $155.0 $199.4 Dot Foods Court Case: Complete repeal of exemption as of May 1, 2010
Cigarette and other tobacco tax increases (HB 2493) 5/1/10 $101.4 $197.8 $1 per pack for cigarettes; OTP from 75% to 95% of wholesale price, 65 cent cap for cigars, weight-based tax for moist snuff.
B&O tax on economic income 6/1/10 $84.7 $407.3 Changes standard for applying B&O taxes from physical presence to economic presence. B&O deduction for aircraft loans (Alaska Airlines).
Beer tax increase – 50 cents per gallon (28 cents per six pack) 6/1/10 $59.0 $118.0 Exempts microbrews (60,000 barrels or less per year);
Sales tax on bottled water 6/1/10 $32.6 $69.2 Provides a refund for tax paid on prescriptions and those without an available source of potable water.
Soda pop tax increase – 2 cents per 12 ounces 7/1/10 $33.5 $72.4 Exempts carbonated bottled water. Exempts first $10 million of carbonated beverage sales.
Sales tax on candy and gum 6/1/10 $30.5 $62.4 Includes $1,000 B&O tax credit for in-state candy manufacturers until July 2012; Department of Revenue (DOR) must compile a list of candy that is taxable and not taxable.
Taxes on business structure transactions 5/1/10 $8.5 $30.4 Gives DOR authority to disregard certain business transactions or arrangements; creates legislative committee to monitor implementation.
B&O tax increase on property management salaries 6/1/10 $6.9 $14.8 Exempts non-profit property management companies and private companies that contract with public housing authorities.
B&O tax increase on certain canned meat products (from 0.138% to 0.484%) 6/1/10 $4.1 $8.8 Applies to canned meats, such as chili, soups, and certain canned fruits and vegetables
B&O tax increase on mortgages 6/1/10 $3.6 $7.9 Narrows definition of what can be deducted
B&O tax on corporate officer salaries 7/1/10 $2.1 $4.6 Applies 1.8% B&O tax rate to corporate board of director income.
Tax increase on bad debts 5/1/10 $1.7 $4.1 Limits deduction for uncollectable sales taxes only to the seller.
Livestock nutrient management tax increase 7/1/10 $1.3 $2.8 Repeals sales tax exemption until June 30, 2013.
PUD electric bills tax increase 5/1/10 $1.2 $2.2 Directly affects Clark and Grays Harbor PUDs.
Personal liability for tax debts 5/1/10 $1.1 $2.0 Expands number of corporate officers personally liable for unpaid sales taxes.
Additional lottery marketing (SB 6409) 7/13/10 $15.0 Assumes aggressive marketing of lottery for higher education will generate more money.
Washington State Convention and Trade Center hotel tax payment (SB 6889) 6/30/11 $10.0 Convention center pays state yearly for hotel tax credit against general fund. Not a tax increase, but shown as revenue on balance sheet.
TOTAL $794.1 $1,687.2


2ESSB 6143
Excise tax law modifications
Senate vote on Final Passage as Recommended by Conference Committee
Yeas: 25   Nays: 21   Absent: 0   Excused: 3

Voting Yea: Senators Berkey, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Gordon, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Jacobsen, Kastama, Keiser, Kline, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, McDermott, Murray, Oemig, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, and Shin
Voting Nay: Senators Becker, Benton, Brandland, Carrell, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Kauffman, Kilmer, King, Marr, Morton, Parlette, Pflug, Roach, Schoesler, Sheldon, Swecker, Tom, and Zarelli
Excused: Senators Delvin, McCaslin, and Stevens

  1. #1 by Rick L. on 04/14/2010 - 6:10 pm

    Honestly, how can anyone be surprised and mad about having to pay more taxes? Your representatives have been saying no more new taxes and their going to solve the school problems for so long, anybody that even remotely believes those same old lies is nothing but a fool. And anyway, what else would you expect after the “Anointed One” and both sides of the government have put the United States in so much debt it will never be out of the red. Red, did I just say red? Yes, Communist Red, that’s what our National flag is going to be, with a big Yellow star in the middle. Well maybe not an all red flag. Let’s see, if you combine the Canadian, Mexican, United States, Kenyan and any Communist flag you might end up with a brown one with a big yellow star in the middle to match the brown uniforms we will be wearing. Everyone had better get used to supporting this huge government, because that’s what we’re going to be doing for the rest of our lives. Sound too extreme? Just wait and see what we can afford for ourselves after a few more years of these communist raising our taxes again and again and driving the value of the dollar down. With all the corruption everywhere in our government, I really don’t expect much else. Maybe we are all better off grabbing a few beers, some nachos and our fishing poles while we still can, and can still afford to.

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