Washington State House Democrats Tweak Budget Proposal
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House Democrats have dropped some of their revenue plans, including an extension of the beer tax.
Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle said Tuesday that lawmakers have decided to back away from some of the proposals they felt were distracting. He said the beer tax may have been subjected to a ballot measure from large beer companies.
The Democrats also dropped a plan to eliminate tax breaks for insurance agents and dockworkers. They also passed on a proposal to pursue a sales tax on janitorial services.
The House is still pursuing a variety of tax changes, including the extension of business taxes that would raise $620 million over the next two years. Senators have approved a budget without those tax changes, and the two sides are now involved in final budget negotiations.