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Washington State Favors Sales Tax Increase

  • Dec 29, 2011 | Susan McLain

Even though business leaders opposed an income tax proposal last year, they seem to favor of the “…half-cent sales tax proposal…[to] raise nearly $500 million a year…[in order to] offset some of the state’s cuts.” The proposed sales tax increase comes as a part of “…a variety of reforms popular among business circles” such as:

  • Privatization of the state lottery;
  • Elimination of the liquor control board;


  • Streamlined government through “lean’ consulting; and
  • New system for evaluating teachers that could hasten low performers to termination.

The business community includes “…businesses such as Boeing and Microsoft [who] are concerned that pulling more cash from education will lead to a less-qualified workforce down the line."

The sales tax increase would be temporary and is expected to expire after three years. “With further cuts to education on the line, [Governor] Gregoire wants voters to approve a temporary increase in the state sales tax in the coming months.”

The general opinion seems to be that the state of Washington “…must consider revenues along with reforms on the table,” according to Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Company.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”