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Washington governor signs package of tax hikes
Google ^ | 4/23/10 | CURT WOODWARD (AP)

Posted on 04/23/2010 6:10:18 PM PDT by mdittmar

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Calling it a "sensible and modest" solution to Washington's historic budget crisis, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Friday approved a revenue package that nets roughly $780 million to avoid deeper cuts in education, health care and human services.

Consumers will pay more for a basketful of convenience-store favorites: Soda, bottled water, major-brand beer, candy and cigarettes. Service businesses will send the state a larger share of their gross sales, from attorneys and lobbyists to hairdressers and janitors.

Out-of-state companies also were targeted for more revenue, either by recalculating how taxes are charged or shrinking certain exemptions in response to court rulings. A collection of smaller loopholes and other exemptions also were closed or downsized.

The taxes on soda, beer, bottled water and service business are temporary, lasting through June 2013.

Gregoire, a second-term Democrat, said the tax package was a reasonable response to the estimated $2.8 billion budget deficit that the Democrat-controlled Legislature confronted in its recently concluded special session.

"I believe in the people of the state of Washington. I'm asking them to stand up and do what's right on a temporary basis to see us through this worst time," she said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: gregoire; taxes; taxincrease; wa; wa2010; washington

1 posted on 04/23/2010 6:10:18 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

LOL. “Temporary” tax hikes. What BS.


2 posted on 04/23/2010 6:12:18 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: mdittmar

bump


3 posted on 04/23/2010 6:12:49 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: mdittmar

Raising taxes is much more responsible than lowering spending.

God knows, I hate demoncraps.


4 posted on 04/23/2010 6:15:22 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: mdittmar; All

Imagine what Washington would be like if the election wasn’t stolen..


5 posted on 04/23/2010 6:15:26 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Jesus Saves... Allah Kills...)
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To: mdittmar

C’mon Mount St. Helens, blow up again.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 6:16:07 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Obamunism: You have two cows. The regime redistributes them and shoots you dead)
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To: mdittmar

...always nice to have OREGON 150 miles to the south, to keep the BLOOD-SUCKERS in Olympia honest.


7 posted on 04/23/2010 6:17:39 PM PDT by BobL
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To: mdittmar
"I believe in the people of the state of Washington. I'm asking them to stand up and do what's right on a temporary basis to see us through this worst time," she said.

"I felt like humming the Battle Hymn of the Jerk."--Murray L. Slaughter.

8 posted on 04/23/2010 6:17:45 PM PDT by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: mdittmar

“...a modest $780 million...”
That’s not modest, it is obscene.


9 posted on 04/23/2010 6:19:15 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Greetings, and how are you today, comrade?)
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To: mdittmar

I have two sisters living in the Seattle area. Both are democrats who regularly vote ‘left.’ Don’t feel a d*mned bit sorry for them!


10 posted on 04/23/2010 6:19:55 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

LOL,that’ just mean spirited;)


11 posted on 04/23/2010 6:21:52 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free (http://teapartypatriots.org)
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To: mdittmar
I will be driving to Hermiston to get beer and soda by the case, now. Lucky I have a sportute.

Sportutegirl the Great's prediction: "These tax increases will hurt businesses, and lower tax revenue." (I'm psychic.)

12 posted on 04/23/2010 6:23:02 PM PDT by sportutegrl (I don't know where I'ma gonna go when the volcano blow.)
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To: mdittmar

Welcome to Michigan!


13 posted on 04/23/2010 6:28:03 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: mdittmar

I wonder how many people will just stop buying that stuff? What will that do to their ‘anticipated’ revenue???


14 posted on 04/23/2010 6:34:17 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Those That Turn Their Swords into Plows Will Plow For Those That Don't.)
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To: SkyDancer

I’ve got a kitchen. I’ll make my own. It’s not hard to do and it tastes better. Let them try to tax it.


15 posted on 04/23/2010 7:09:12 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: SkyDancer
In 1996 my company sent me to visit Microsoft to see their offering in payment system software and also to visit the folks responsible for the MSNBC website. I had a little "free" time after work, so I paid a visit to my father's aunt. I hadn't seen her since enjoying a family Thanksgiving dinner at her home in 1964. We chatted for a bit and at one point she punched her fist in the air and declared, "Dems rule here!". My reply...I'm sorry. As a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, that was the most polite reply I could muster as a guest in her home.

At the time of my Thanksgiving visit (1964), my cousin Gordon was attending school with Bill Gates. Gordon writes avionics software for the B2 program today.

16 posted on 04/23/2010 7:26:43 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: pnh102

Here is an idea, instead of forcing the people to pay for YOUR spending excesses why don’t you cut spending instead of forcing the people to cut their own individual spending to pay your higher taxes?


17 posted on 04/23/2010 7:40:49 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: mdittmar

Don’t Democrats ever think of cutting budgets rather than raising taxes?


18 posted on 04/23/2010 7:53:40 PM PDT by The Great RJ (E)
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To: The Great RJ

No they leave the budget cutting to the individual American, so that a ever greater share of the fruits of our labor can be managed by them instead of us.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 8:09:31 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: sportutegrl

The folks in Vancouver can start a tidy business...running water, soda, beer in - tax-less from Portland. There is always a way to avoid the hand of the man! I recall living in a dry county. Friday night found a long traffic snarl out of the ocunty into the next WET county. Folks in power just never get it. Me thinks they never lived in the real world where folks are always smarter than their stupid, idiotic rules.


20 posted on 04/23/2010 10:22:03 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (We are the Sons of Liberty!!!)
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