Pushing Back Against Eyman’s Latest Initiative Attacks on the People’s Legislature

Libertarian Tim Eyman supposedly filed his 51st initiative this year with the Washington Secretary of State. In a press conference held in the morning at the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office he claimed that this is the “one” he … Continue reading

Eyman’s Proposed Initiative Continues his Libertarian Attack on State Government

Tim Eyman’s latest proposed initiative continues his right wing libertarian approach to try to shut down state government.  He is proposing to limit tax increases to one year and push for repeated votes at tax payer expense for  minority rule … Continue reading

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

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