After nearly 100 years manufacturing signs, Greg Stuart was shocked to learn that his company, Vancouver Sign Group, was not legally a manufacturer – At least as far as the Washington State Department of Revenue was concerned.
The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has had concerns about the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) internal appeal system for years, including basic questions of transparency, said Amber Carter, director of governmental affairs for tax and fiscal policy at the AWB.
Dave Dressel worked as an administrative law judge at the Department of Revenue (DOR) for 27 years before retiring in 2012. On his last day he sent an email criticizing the agency for stacking the odds against the taxpayer and calling the system an “affront to due process.” The Washington State Wire had an opportunity […]
Gil Brewer is senior director of tax policy at the Department of Revenue (DOR). He provided an interview to the Washington State Wire for a story about criticisms that the agency’s appeals division was “rubber stamping” decisions against the taxpayer. Brewer explains that the internal – and low-cost – appeals process is not designed to […]
The Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced on Friday that, after much delay, it had been unable to decide this year on a rule setting levels for the amount of biofuel it would require to be blended into conventional vehicle fuels.
A hearing Thursday before the Senate Transportation Committee offered Republicans a chance to sound off on Gov. Jay Inslee’s potential carbon policy proposals, and Chairman Curtis King of Yakima didn’t leave the opportunity to waste. King criticized a report earlier this week from an Inslee-appointed task force that examined a cap-and-trade or a carbon tax […]
Washington’s fiscal future was the subject of two hearings in the same room in the John L. O’Brien Building Wednesday, and neither brought good news to lawmakers.
Washington state’s unemployment rate ticked up again to 6 percent, according to the monthly jobs report issued by the Employment Security Department Wednesday. The state added 6,200 nonfarm jobs in the private sector, according to preliminary figures, but lost 600 government jobs. But the report says the number of unemployed people rose by 10,700 from […]
In a long and thoughtful, yet strategic email to members and others, Yoram Bauman of Carbon Washington lays out the justification and strategy for a carbon tax initiative to the 2016 legislature. Fairly self explanatory, the email discusses a plan to place a tax on Washington citizens. The intention seems to give the legislature a […]
The Framework: Discussions with the players, staff and legislators reveal a larger common core of remedies for Washington’s conflicting, inharmonious cannabis laws than one would think. The specifics will be hammered out in one or more pieces of legislation in the 2015 session. At least that is the plan. This has also been the plan […]
Seattle Starts Their Own Cannabis Reform: Usually, just when all the interests on transportation start to coalesce on a transportation funding and project agreement, the folks or city council in Seattle or the King County council find some money for transportation or they pass a big project funding package at the local ballot like Metro […]
Washington state can expect another $108 million in revenue in the current budget cycle, and $241 million in extra dollars in the two years that follow, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said in its quarterly revenue forecast Wednesday. That means the state should end the current cycle up $408 million, according to the budget […]
Some Washington lawmakers on Tuesday expressed obvious displeasure in the state’s Health Benefit Exchange, the marketplace more than 1 million residents have used to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, after the exchange’s website went down on Saturday, the first day of the new enrollment period.
Gov. Jay lnslee’s carbon reductions task force delivered its final recommendations in a report issued Monday morning, but failed to say whether he should pursue a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax for Washington state.