Washington taxes http://www.kplu.org en Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-tosses-out-supermajority-tax-vote-requirement <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022813AJ_SuperMajority_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Democrats say it’s a victory for democracy. Republicans call it a defeat for taxpayers. In a major decision Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court tossed out the state’s two-thirds </span>supermajority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requirement for raising taxes. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:05:26 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7878 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement Washington tax dollars go to dry cleaning, artwork http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-tax-dollars-go-dry-cleaning-artwork <p>A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done.</p><p>Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:47:58 +0000 The Associated Press 7668 at http://www.kplu.org Washington, Oregon consider mileage-based road tax http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-oregon-consider-mileage-based-road-tax <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010913TB_Mileage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>PORTLAND - Washington and Oregon are getting serious about finding a replacement for the gas tax. Steadily improving fuel efficiency in cars is eroding the primary source of road funding in the Northwest. A new report to the 2013 Washington Legislature finds it "feasible" to have drivers pay by the mile instead. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:22:09 +0000 Tom Banse 7530 at http://www.kplu.org Washington, Oregon consider mileage-based road tax Should Washington motorists pay by the miles to drive? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-washington-motorists-pay-miles-drive <p>Washington state transportation officials are exploring whether to charge drivers by the mile to use state highway and roads.</p><p>A steering committee of transportation experts recently concluded it's feasible to move the state away from gasoline taxes to a "pay as you go" road fee system.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:32:58 +0000 The Associated Press 7522 at http://www.kplu.org Should Washington motorists pay by the miles to drive? Governor Gregoire's parting budget emphasizes taxes http://www.kplu.org/post/governor-gregoires-parting-budget-emphasizes-taxes <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Taxes are a key part of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s final budget before leaving office . The outgoing Democrat released her proposed two-year spending plan Tuesday as required by law. Gregoire says she wrote her budget with incoming Governor Jay Inslee in mind. But he hasn’t exactly embraced it.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:58:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7415 at http://www.kplu.org Governor Gregoire's parting budget emphasizes taxes Gregoire proposes taxes for schools http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-proposes-taxes-schools <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/121812AJ_GregoireBudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to extend two temporary taxes for three-and-a-half years&#160;in order to make a $1 billion down payment on a recent Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding public schools. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:23:40 +0000 7402 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire proposes taxes for schools Court weighs constitutionality of Wash. tax rule 
 http://www.kplu.org/post/court-weighs-constitutionality-wash-tax-rule <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court is considering whether to strike down a rule that makes it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:28:43 +0000 The Associated Press 6477 at http://www.kplu.org