Tax Expenditures Need to Become Part of the State Budget

Tax expenditures are basically off budget spending. As one Washington State Legislator recently said, they are “gifts” of public money. They don’t have to be scrutinized the same as other state expenditures are when the biennial state budget is proposed … Continue reading

What is a Tax Expenditure?

It is becoming more common these days to define a tax exemption, subsidy, loophole or exclusion as a tax expenditure. That can seem a little confusing until you understand what is happening. Catherine Rampell in an article entitled Tax Breaks: A … Continue reading

Need to Update RCW’s to Conform to Washington Supreme Court Decision on I-1053 and I-1185

The following letter was sent today to Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Dear Attorney General Ferguson:  I am wondering what the procedure is to have the RCW’s changed when the Washington State Supreme Court renders a decision declaring a … Continue reading

Washington State Supreme Court Decision Will Make Tax Exemption Reform Easier

The Washington State Supreme Court  ruled on February 28, 2013 that Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053 was unconstitutional. The ruling is a huge win for Washington State taxpayers because it throws out the supermajority vote requirement  to close any tax loophole … Continue reading

Senator Bernie Sanders – Budget Must Close Loopholes

Not funny how the Republicans refuse to close corporate tax loopholes.  Tax loopholes that don’t provide a benefit to taxpayers and working families, but which only add to the corporate profit sheet, are corporate welfare. As Sanders notes, corporate profit … Continue reading

Initiative Filed for Tax Loophole Reform

Taxpayers Fiscal Reform Act – 2013 Changes are needed in the ability of the Washington State Legislature to fund basic services like education and healthcare. The current state budget problems are made more difficult by the lack of flexibility of … Continue reading