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End special tax breaks; fund education, transportation, health care; cut sales/business tax!

Repeal all of the tax breaks that cost taxpayers money. The WA Dept. of Revenue says 302 tax breaks collectively cost the state $15 billion dollars in 2007-2009! Put half of that money into education, transportation and health care -- and use the other half to lower sales tax and business taxes for everyone. Then make sure any new tax break has a 5-year sunset clause with strict performance requirements: no new jobs ...more »

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Implement a Tax Neutral Carbon Tax Shift – Replace Business, Sales and Property Taxes with a Carbon Tax

This proposal would: -repealing the state portion of the property tax (about 1/4 of the total property tax) -replacing the lost revenue with a carbon tax starting at $30-$50 per ton of CO2 (equivalent to $0.30-$0.50 per gallon of gasoline) -dedicating leftover revenue to offsetting impacts on low-income households; reducing the B&O (business) tax; increasing funding for K-12 math/science education; and/or funding ...more »

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Build more libraries

A few years ago, we passed a constitutional amendment to require only a simple majority to pass school levies. Libraries are the education institution that serves everyone in the community, yet library construction levies still take a 60 percent super majority. We should require only a simple majority for new libraries. Libraries are economic engines and they build better citizens. They are access to the internet for ...more »

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Make the sales tax more fair and stop punishing working families

Begin an income tax on high wage earners, and refund sales taxes paid by the working poor or exempt low wage earners from sales taxes. Exempt the first $15,000 of income from any taxes if your total income for the year is less than $30,000. This would mean you would only pay taxes on upto half your earnings, to help low wage earners survive. Or, make sales taxes progressive. The higher the price, the higher the tax. ...more »

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Raise Taxes

Raise Taxes. Especially on the rich. They've benefited the most from our society, they should pay the most. We're at historic lows for taxes in this country, so it's no wonder the country is falling apart - bridges, roads, buildings, schools, safety-nets. Raise the gas tax 5 cents a year over the next 5 years. Lower the sales tax 3% while enacting Initiative 1077 (though in my opinion, the rich aren't taxed enough ...more »

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State Budget Waist

You can stop state agencies from buying furniture, such as chairs. These state agencies spend millions on the products through Correctional Industries. They make many of these purchases to eliminate any left over budgeted money at the end of the budget cycle. This leaves them the same dollars on the next cycle. They also purchase throughout the year. The chairs they purchase can cost $700 or more. I can understand a ...more »

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Raise Taxes...in Government.

Since Government is the only ones still growing in this poor economy, I suggest you tax the government employees. You simply add an additional 10 percent tax on your paycheck. I'm sure you can afford it.

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Encourage more businesses to relocate to Washington

Encourage more businesses to relocate to Washington by reduce state taxes and encouraging counties to reduce their taxes.

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Reduce the size of the State Government

Yes, cut the state of Washington Government by 50% removing unnecessary programs, useless bicycle paths. Remove taxes on candies, latest new fees and costs for business to collect taxes for different areas of the state.

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Raise Taxes For the Wealthy!

Raise Taxes For the Wealthy! The reason All the States and Governments are Broke is because The Stinky Rich have fought and bought there way to lower taxes and now their greed has left us with unpaved roads and a shamefull public school and healthcare system. Wake up working class. It's not welfare or the wages of union workers. This Class battle has been going Since the beginning of America. And the wealthiest are ...more »

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Canadian Prescriptions available to all

Prescriptions drugs are more expensive here than in Canada. Why is this? We are bordering Canada after all. I believe the state should allow shipments of Canadian prescription drugs to be shipped to Washingtonians. To help the state budget shortfall we could put an extra tax on Canadian drugs so that they are more in line with U.S. prices (but please, not as high as that would defeat the purpose). You would be helping ...more »

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LOWER OR GET RID OF TAXES

Try to get people to spend in WA again ... instead of across the borders. This will actually increase revenues if done correctly. For example, bottled water taxes are just stupid, when its not taxed in adjoining states and provinces.

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