Presentation on theme: "Efforts to Improve Tax Fairness and Tax Adequacy in Washington 1889-2002 Forum on Tax Reform in Washington February 22, 2003 Olympia, WA Don Burrows."— Presentation transcript:
Efforts to Improve Tax Fairness and Tax Adequacy in Washington 1889-2002 Forum on Tax Reform in Washington February 22, 2003 Olympia, WA Don Burrows
The Early Years, 1889-1930 (1) Property tax dominant Early concerns with tax fairness –Gov Rodgers, 1897 “(our tax structure) throws the burden of government almost entirely upon property owners of small means” –Bd. Of Tax Commissioners, 1909 “Our tax system is crude, unjust, unfair...” “.. the test of taxation should be ability to pay.” –1921 Tax Investigation Committee Committee says Sales Tax, No; Income Tax, Yes –1929 Tax Study Committee graduated income tax
The Standoff with Initiatives Filling the Void (3) R-51 on transportation funding, 2002 (defeated) Recession 9/11 attack severely reduce state’s revenue $2.4 billion shortfall projected Governor chooses budget reductions over tax increases “Priorities of Government” used to distribute cuts Legislative approach so far ºNew exemptions & “incentives” ºTax-Me-More Bill
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