Haler says tax increases will continue economic hardship for local families and employers

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed $800 million in new and increased taxes, the largest one-year tax package in state history.

The $800 million in tax increases includes increases and new additions to the state’s complex business and occupation tax, hitting employers especially hard at a time when most are struggling to stay in business and keep current workers employed during the recession.

Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, released the following statement:

“Tax increases are going hurt our employers and families at a time when both are struggling to make ends meet.  Raising the dreaded business and occupation tax is only going to hurt the very ones who can help get us out of this economic recession.

“By not implementing reforms that have a long-term impact, we’re just punting the problem down the road and setting ourselves up for more budget problems next year.

“I’m disappointed in today’s actions by the majority party, but more than that, I’m fearful for our families and our small businesses.  Our families will continue to see their buying power erode and our small businesses will continue to see less purchases by consumers.

“Tax increases were not the answer to our budget problems last year, and they certainly shouldn’t be part of the solution today.”

The taxes included in Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6143 include (dollars in millions):


The 2010 regular session ended March 11.  Today is the sixth day of a potential 30-day special session called by the governor.


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