HB 2078 would restore cuts in early education by eliminating certain tax exemptions
In prticular, HB 2078 would:
1. Eliminate certain tax breaks for first-mortgage interest earnings of large banks.
2. Eliminate tax breaks for out-of-state shoppers.
3. The funds retrieved under these provisions would go to the education legacy trust account and be designated for use only for K-3 class size reductions.
FCWPP supports a fairer tax system for residents of Washington and better educational opportunities for our children.
HB 2078 has 48 co-sponsors in the House and has been referred to the HouseWays and Means Committee (see members below). It is especially important to contact the Committee Chair, Rep. Ross Hunter (Ross.Hunter@leg.wa.gov), who is not now a co-sponsor of HB 2078.
Please also consider asking your own legislators to support this bill. You may find your legislators at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx. Email addresses for legislators are of the form: Mary.Smith@leg.wa.gov.
The two-thirds requirement to pass measures in the legislature that increase taxes or close tax exemptions will be an obstacle. A back-up plan is a referendum, which could be placed on next November’s ballot by bare majorities in the legislature. Bill details, including the names of co-sponsors, can be found at:
Thanks for all your help.
Sam Merrill, Legislative Clerk
Steven Aldrich, Legislative Advocate
Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy (FCWPP)
House Ways and Means Committee Members
|Hunter, Ross (D) Chair||MOD C 105||(360) 786-7936|
|Darneille, Jeannie (D) Vice Chair||LEG 436B||(360) 786-7974|
|Hasegawa, Bob (D) Vice Chair||MOD B 201||(360) 786-7862|
|Alexander, Gary (R) *||LEG 426B||(360) 786-7990|
|Bailey, Barbara (R) **||LEG 122A||(360) 786-7914|
|Dammeier, Bruce (R) **||MOD D 205||(360) 786-7948|
|Orcutt, Ed (R) **||LEG 122F||(360) 786-7812|
|Carlyle, Reuven (D)||MOD E 104||(360) 786-7814|
|Chandler, Bruce (R)||LEG 427B||(360) 786-7960|
|Cody, Eileen (D)||MOD F 101||(360) 786-7978|
|Dickerson, Mary Lou (D)||LEG 429A||(360) 786-7860|
|Haigh, Kathy (D)||MOD F 108||(360) 786-7966|
|Haler, Larry (R)||LEG 122D||(360) 786-7986|
|Hinkle, Bill (R)||MOD G 104||(360) 786-7808|
|Hudgins, Zack (D)||LEG 438A||(360) 786-7956|
|Hunt, Sam (D)||LEG 438B||(360) 786-7992|
|Kagi, Ruth (D)||MOD F 102||(360) 786-7910|
|Kenney, Phyllis Gutierrez (D)||MOD F 110||(360) 786-7818|
|Ormsby, Timm (D)||LEG 122G||(360) 786-7946|
|Parker, Kevin (R)||MOD G 110||(360) 786-7922|
|Pettigrew, Eric (D)||LEG 434B||(360) 786-7838|
|Ross, Charles (R)||LEG 426A||(360) 786-7856|
|Schmick, Joe (R)||MOD A 103||(360) 786-7844|
|Seaquist, Larry (D)||LEG 132C||(360) 786-7802|
|Springer, Larry (D)||LEG 132E||(360) 786-7822|
|Sullivan, Pat (D)||LEG 339A||(360) 786-7858|
|Wilcox, J.T. (R)||MOD G 106||(360) 786-7912|
*Ranking Minority Member **Asst. Ranking Minority Member ?