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 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

SB 5096 would impose a 9% income tax

There is no question SB 5096 would impose an income tax in Washington state. The Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unequivocally says a capital gains tax is an income tax. If... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Ask anyone, Inslee's proposal is an income tax

Despite the budget being balanced, billions in reserve, and projected revenue growth of 7.2%, Gov. Jay Inslee is yet again proposing an income tax on capital gains in his new... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Could Zoom mean a legislature that listens more?

There’s no other way to say it, 2020 has been just an awful year. It is difficult to believe anything good can come from this mess but I’m really excited to see that one silver... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

No reason why a government shutdown should occur, even in a deficit

DURING the last two state budget cycles, Washington lawmakers have come dangerously close to forcing a government shutdown due to failures in the budget process. The current... — Updated 10/27/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Budget outlook takes another hit with Boeing's 787 announcement

It is official. Boeing will consolidate its 787 manufacturing in South Carolina. This news has many implications for the state including a direct impact on the state’s budget... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State revenues growing overall but budget deficit still projected

First the good news. Unlike during the great recession, state revenue is still increasing overall during the COVID pandemic. According to the September revenue forecast:... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Law requires across-board budget cuts

There are two legal options to respond to a state budget deficit: The governor orders across the board budget cuts, or a special session of the Legislature occurs liquidating the... — Updated 7/30/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Will Washington really punt budget action until January?

What once seemed inevitable is now growing unlikely – a special session to balance the state's budget. This is why it was so important to act before the new spending increases too... — Updated 7/14/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

State may push income tax, again

TVW recently interviewed the top budget writers in the Senate about the state's outlook and the possibility of a special session. In one interview, Sen. John Braun (ranking member... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

Public records should remain accessible to all

When House Bill 1888 was proposed this year to help protect state employee unions from an ongoing battle with the Freedom Foundation, the media was strong in opposition against... — Updated 2/12/2020


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