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Democrats’ state income tax talk is meant to manipulate you — don’t fall for it


From Tim Eyman


Total manipulation. Democrats in Olympia have done it for years.

Here’s their scheme: propose lots of tax and fee increases, tons of them, then float a state income tax bill, get everyone fired up, then pull back, drop the income tax proposal, and then pass the other tax and fee increase bills. Afterwards, all of us breathe a sigh of relief because we ‘beat back’ the income tax but the tax and fee increases hit us just as hard.

Do the Democrats want a state income tax? Of course. Is this a serious effort to get it? Of course not — it’s being pushed with only 7 days left in their regular session. Do they think they’ll ever get a state income tax? Probably not. But they continually use the threat of an income tax in two ways:

* It fires up their liberal base and gets them all excited (you can just hear the crazies saying to each other “The Democrats are finally listening to us”)

* It whips us up into a such a frenzy that we takes our eyes off what they’re really pushing — which is billions of dollars in higher taxes and fees from conventional sources (sales taxes, car tab taxes, property taxes, business taxes, excise taxes, and fees on most everything).

They also want a huge discussion in newspapers, on talk radio, and on blogs about a not-gonna-happen income tax so they can push their tax and fee-hiking agenda with little or no scrutiny or public attention.

We’re not saying don’t fight back against a state income tax, we’re simply pointing out that beating back an income tax isn’t a great accomplishment if we’re all taxed into oblivion by a laundry list of other taxes and fees. Any tax-and-fee-increase-package is totally unacceptable.

For the past two years, I-960 saved us from this type of manipulation. That’s why we need to bring I-960 back by getting this year’s Initiative 1053 qualified for the ballot. We need 300,000 signatures by July 2nd — that works out to be over 2000 signatures PER DAY, a huge challenge.
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Legislators Want Voter Opinion? NOT

March 5, 2010 4 comments

This article, from the Olympian, was posted just today, after the drill yesterday to introduce the bill around noon and hold a ways and means hearing on it at 4:30 yesterday.

I wonder if they really want our “voter opinions”.

Legislator wants voter opinions on income tax

Referendum: Measure would target high-income residents

RACHEL LA CORTE; The Associated Press | • Published March 05, 2010

  • Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown wants voters to weigh in on the idea of an income tax on high earners.

In a blog posting on Thursday, the Spokane Democrat suggested that the Legislature pass the Senate Democrats’ temporary three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase proposal and that it take effect immediately. But Brown also suggested that the Senate should pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Rosa Franklin, a referendum that would ask voters whether they want to lower the sales tax to 6 cents, and in its place approve a “high earners” income tax.

The tax would be on 4.5 percent on all income over $200,000 for individuals, $300,000 for heads of households, and $400,000 for married couples.

“It’s a question to voters if that’s the direction they would want to go,” Brown said later in the Senate wings.

The Senate was still working on language of the bill, and it was to be posted before the start of a hearing on it later Thursday.

The likelihood of such a measure getting enough votes is uncertain, and Brown acknowledged she hadn’t yet counted votes.

“Just because we’re holding a hearing doesn’t mean that this is a direction for the caucus,” said Senate Ways and Means Vice Chairman Rodney Tom, D-Medina, who is opposed to the measure. “We have a lot of serious issues we need to address now, as far as how we’re going to get our fiscal house in order and get a balance between our revenues and our expenses.”

Lawmakers are working to patch a $2.8 billion budget deficit before the legislative session ends next Thursday.

House and Senate Democrats have both unveiled proposals mixing of cuts and tax increases.

The Senate is pushing for a temporary sales tax increase and an additional $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes, and closing numerous tax exemptions. House Democrats are looking to shrink a long list of tax exemptions and collecting more money from smokers, lawyers, accountants and out-of-state businesses.

House Democrats indicated that introducing such a measure a week before session is to adjourn makes it a long shot.

“It seems fairly unlikely,” said House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam. “But, you know, everybody’s out there trying to figure out a way that will work.”

Republicans questioned whether such a referendum could be passed on a simple majority vote. Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, said that he thinks any change to the tax code would require a constitutional amendment, meaning that two-thirds of the Legislature would have to approve it.

“They’re trying to do the class-warfare thing in their tax debate,” he said. “But constitutionally, it’s not going to work.

Brown has long supported the idea of an income tax on the state’s highest earners, but the idea has not been able to gain traction in past years.

She pointed to the January election in Oregon, where voters approved tax increases on businesses and the wealthy. Measure 66 raised tax rates on individuals who earn more than $125,000 and couples with incomes greater than $250,000. Measure 67 increased business taxes.

“Oregon voters spoke loudly and clearly about their desire to limit the impact of any revenue increase on middle class families, while also protecting the classrooms, financial aid, health care and public safety so essential to their middle class standard of living,” Brown wrote on her blog.

Brown said that under the referendum, the state’s middle class voters could “not only have a the opportunity to protect essential services while asking wealthier citizens to pay their fair share, but the middle class would also have the opportunity to lessen the amount they currently pay.”

Gov. Chris Greogire is “not closed off to the idea, but knows there’s difficulties,” said spokeswoman Karina Shagren.

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