Taxes

State tax receipts expected to grow by $2 billion Yesterday the state agency that monitors the collection of taxes and fees by the state held their quarterly forecast meeting. Despite the gloomy predictions of many in Olympia, our state’s economy is continuing to recover. Over the next two years, state tax receipts are expected to grow at a rate of... Read More...
Supreme Court’s two-thirds tax threshold ruling presents opportunity to let voters ‘cement their will in the constitution’ This morning I released the following statement regarding a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court that the two-thirds tax approval threshold, approved by Washington voters five times, is unconstitutional: “The people of Washington state have expressed their desire for a higher bar for tax hikes many times, most recently in overwhelming... Read More...
Ericksen TV: A better transportation system In this edition of my weekly video update, I look at the transportation proposal being brought forward by Democrats in the House of Representatives, which relies on $10 billion in new gas taxes. Before we talk about tax increases, we need to address the unnecessary cost-drivers of transportation projects. Watch the video by... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Protecting the environment and creating jobs Senator Ericksen details his bill to refocus the state’s toxic clean-up account – the Model Toxics Control Act. The effort would improve the environment by cleaning more sites and create jobs through those projects and by renewing toxic lands with commercial potential. Also discussed is a recent myth floated in Olympia that... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Constitutional Amendments for a Better Budget This week, Senator Ericksen’s video update focuses on two constitutional amendments aimed at improving our state budgeting process. One requires a four-year balanced budget and the other prohibits a state income tax. Also discussed is the agenda for the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which the Senator chairs. You can... Read More...
Blueprint for a Better Washington series Over the 2012 legislative interim, I took a look at some of the major issues facing our state and outlined what I see as positive solutions to move us forward by focusing on the cost and quality of the services being provided, rather than the method by which they’re provided. Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – Environment and job creation With this edition of his Blueprint for a Better Washington series, Senator Ericksen examines the state’s environmental clean-up account. He outlines how reforming the program could lead to more jobs and toxic waste clean-up – without the need for new taxes. Read the full update by clicking here: Ericksen_Blueprint_MTCA. Read More...
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