Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Higher Tax Collections Lowers Pressure On Washington Lawmakers To Raise Revenue




In Olympia, legislative budget writers got a shot of good news Friday regarding tax collections.

Washington's chief economist said about $274 million more than previously projected should flow into the state treasury from now through 2017. A strong economic recovery gets credit. This prompted a reaction from the legislature's lead budget writers.

"With another $250 million, it reduces the pressure on the perennial call for more taxes,” Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, said.

"The problem space is marginally easier,” Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said. “Yes, I agree with that."

Lawmakers also agreed the revenue boost is modest when set against the total Washington state budget. The cost of a school class size reduction initiative approved by voters last November alone dwarfs the $250 million in extra spending money.

Lawmakers may still decide to modify or suspend that unfunded school measure.

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Why Support KNKX?

You depend on KNKX for trusted, in-depth local news, music by knowledgeable hosts and enlightening NPR programs. We depend on members for more than half of our financial support.

Give Today