Up Front Extra: State lawmaker targets tax exemptions

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by Robert Mak

KING5.com

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

From livestock semen to janitorial services, our state has hundreds of tax exemptions that have come under fire in the budget crunch.  Now, one state lawmaker is introducing a bill that would put an expiration date on virutally all these exemptions.

It’s not that Rep. Reuven Carlyle wants to end all exemptions, but he says, the legislature should reconsider them on a regular basis.

Instead of allowing exemptions to continue indefinitely, Carlyle has introduced a bill that would force the legislature to re-authorize tax exemptions on a regular schedule.

Carlyle’s bill would not take effect until 2017.  “The intent is not to raise short-term revenues, but to make structural changes,” Carlyle says. 

The Seattle Democrat is co-sponsoring the bill (HB2762) with Republican Glenn Anderson.  It would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to pass.

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