How progressive the combined tax structure should be will always be a matter of political debate. Should progressive taxation be a policy objective, however, the federal government is best positioned to address the issue. When states adopt highly progressive structures, they increase the volatility of their revenue systems and create incentives for mobile affluent households
Oil train regulation was back in the spotlight during a hearing before the Senate Energy Committee Thursday afternoon on a bill sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale. Ericksen’s safety bill is competing with one requested by Gov. Jay Inslee and co-sponsored by Sens. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, and Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island. It’s been a
Lawmakers have been told repeatedly by the state Supreme Court that they must increase funding for schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Now, a prominent constitutional law scholar in Washington says the state has a similar duty to adequately fund public colleges and universities, and that another court case could arise if the Legislature doesn’t step
Gov. Jay Inslee wants to see a lot more electric vehicles in the state in five years, and he’s willing to spend a few million taxpayer dollars to make it happen. His plans for transportation include incentives to make it cheaper and easier to own an electric vehicle, in hopes of boosting the number on the
Is it a myth to say the state of Washington has a budget deficit? Or is that statement a myth in and of itself? Confused already? Don’t feel bad — that can be a symptom of trying to understand the disparate positions between Republicans and Democrats in Olympia, who convene for a 105-day legislative session
There was some thought that lower gas prices might ease opposition to a gas tax hike. Opposition may have eased, but it has not diminished. Overall opposition was virtually identical to results in 2013 when 63%were opposed. The proportion who found it “unacceptable” did go down, however, from 44% to 37%.
Washington Heads Toward An Almost Single Regulatory Platform The long awaited full rewrite of the state’s Medical Marijuana (MMJ) law was prefiled for introduction Thursday by State Senator Rivers, R-18th. SB5052 is cosponsored by Senator Hatfield, D- 19th, who also introduced another cannabis bill dealing with the transport of cannabis within the legal production, processing
The Comprehensive Cannabis Bills Have Not Sprouted Yet. Except for Representative Appleton’s, D-23rd, essential re-write of the Medical Marijuana Law (MMJ), 2015 legislation pertaining to cannabis is still in the bud. We have been told this issue will flower soon with major rewrites from Senator Rivers, R-18th, and Kohl-Welles, D-36th. Let’s get to the root