Washington Income Tax Measure (2010)
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will not appear on a ballot
The proposed bill, SB 6250, was sponsored by Sen. Rosa Franklin. Franklin said, "Our tax structure is long overdue for modernization, and we are equally long overdue in addressing this problem." The concept of an income tax in the State of Washington was supported by Sen. Lisa Brown. The proposed tax, she said, would "bring more fairness and stability to our sales-tax-dependent tax structure." However, Brown said she didn't think SB 6250, the proposed bill, was the right way to go.
Of the tax proposal Sen. Joe Zarelli said, "I think it's the wrong answer. The right answer is getting spending in line with revenue." Sen. Mark Schoesler said he opposed the bill because it could have led to a larger income tax in the future.
Path to the ballot
In order to place the measure on the statewide ballot, the measure required at least a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate. The legislative session ended on March 11 without a vote on the proposed measure. Despite a special session on the economy/state budget, the measure was not voted upon.
- The Olympian, "Income tax proposal offers sales-tax cut," March 4, 2010
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "State income tax: 'It is time,' or 'totally unacceptable'?," March 4, 2010
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