House Democrats Unveil Budget Plan, Would Eliminate Multiple Tax Breaks
OLYMPIA, Wash. - House Democrats unveiled their budget plan in Olympia Wednesday which would eliminate a variety of tax breaks to help pay for public education.
The House budget is similar is Governor Inslee's budget proposal and would increase K-12 education funding by $1.9 billion.
The plan would extend business and beer taxes, and eliminate tax breaks for insurance agents, non-resident shoppers, bottled water and fuel.
we're choosing a different path. Every single penny of these tax exemptions that we're looking to reform, we're asking the people of Washington to invest with us in public education," said Rep. Reuven Carlyle, House Finance Committee Chair.
The Senate's budget focused on spending cuts and fund transfers to balance the state's deficit and provide more funding for education.
Despite the differences, lawmakers are confident they can agree on a budget compromise, before the end of the legislative session.