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Washington Tax Revenue Would Be Double If It Was Idaho

Washington state relies heavily on a sales tax for state revenue. More than 40 states in the union rely on both a sales tax and an income tax. Now there is fresh insight about what that means for Washington state compared to its neighbors.

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City Living Seattle
Legislators make inroads in 2016, left with frustrations

The 2016 session was one of change for the 36th Legislative District. With the election of Jeanne Kohl-Welles to the Metropolitan King County Council, former Rep. Reuven Carlyle was selected by the 36th District Democrats to replace her in the Senate, while Noel Frame took his seat in the House. Rep. Gael Tarleton also had a new role, elected as majority floor leader by her colleagues.

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The Seattle Times
Stop conflicts of interest, revolving door of politicians to private-sector jobs

WASHINGTON has been highly regarded for the integrity of its state government, but that reputation is slipping. Even before questions arose about the state Department of Corrections scandal and state employees taking jobs at state-funded startups, The Center for Public Integrity lowered the state’s grade from a B-minus to a D-plus.

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The Olympian
State is right to shed light on Boeing’s tax breaks

Washington’s years-long fight to put sunlight on tax breaks yielded a win for the public last week. The state Department of Revenue agreed to begin disclosing the amount of Boeing’s tax-break savings that were part of multibillion-dollar, tax-incentive packages approved by the Legislature for the aerospace sector in 2003 and 2013.

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The Cascadia Advocate
King County Council appoints Reuven Carlyle to State Senate, Noel Frame to State House

This afternoon, in its first meeting of 2016, the Metropolitan King County Council acted to fill two vacancies in the Washington State Legislature, both resulting from Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ move from the Senate to the King County Council. By a vote of nine to zero, the Council first appointed State Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36th District: Ballard, Greenwood, Queen Anne) to take Kohl-Welles’ place in the Senate, and then unanimously appointed Noel Frame to take the place of Carlyle in the Washington State House of Representatives.

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