In the News: Billion-dollar tax hike is latest example of government greed

The Daily News, Longview

Feb. 16, 2020

Opinion — Senator John Braun

There are a billion reasons to be concerned about a big tax bill signed by the governor Monday after it zoomed through the state Legislature.

The word “billion” applies for two reasons. First, the tax takes another billion dollars from a wide swath of Washington employers over the next four years. Second, the tax was pushed through even though state government’s revenue picture is a billion dollars ahead of where it was when the 2019 legislative session ended.

That’s right: majority-party lawmakers and Governor Inslee approved a billion-dollar tax increase when state government already expects to be a billion dollars in the black. Does that seem greedy to you?

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