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Bipartisan tax reform proposal to replace the B&O tax gets a hearing tomorrow

Bipartisan tax reform proposal to replace the B&O tax gets a hearing tomorrow

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Senate Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade Committee will hold a hearing on SB 5482, a bipartisan bill to reform Washington state’s business tax system recommended by the state Tax Structure Work Group. The bill, sponsored by work group co-chairs Sen. Noel Frame (D-Seattle) and Sen. Keith Wagoner (R-Sedro Woolley), would replace Washington’s current business and occupation (B&O) tax with a margin tax, modeled after Texas’ franchise tax. “This tax reform proposal is the culmination of years of hard work, analysis, and public input,” said Frame. “Thank you to the thousands of Washington residents and business owners who shared their feedback on how to improve the state’s tax structure. This bill is the result of a ...

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About Noel

Noel Frame (she/her) has represented the people of the 36th Legislative District as their state senator since January 2023, after having served the district as state representative beginning in January 2016.

Noel is an award-winning legislator, having been honored more than 15 times for her work advocating for youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, expanding services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges, championing economic development, and fixing the state’s upside-down tax code. She takes on many of the toughest challenges facing our state – reforming our criminal legal system, building more affordable housing, strengthening and investing in the diverse communities that make up Washington state, balancing our tax code, and more.

Read Sen. Frame’s full biography here.

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Seattle Times Opinion: Charging juvenile offenders fines they can’t pay is not justice

Seattle Times Opinion: Charging juvenile offenders fines they can’t pay is not justice

Imagine you’re the victim of a crime. A 15-year-old breaks into your home, steals a bunch of stuff and damages your property. The kid is arrested, charged and sentenced. A judge says the youth must compensate you for those losses, ...

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Yakima Herald-Republic: Opinion: Proposed wealth tax is worth a look

Yakima Herald-Republic: Opinion: Proposed wealth tax is worth a look

Everybody’s heard the old saying about the certainty of death and taxes, but maybe it’s time to add a third absolute to that equation: the certainty of objecting to taxes. We all do it. Often with good reason. Consider property taxes for ...

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Washington Post: Billionaires in blue states face coordinated wealth-tax bills

Washington Post: Billionaires in blue states face coordinated wealth-tax bills

Left-leaning proponents of taxing the assets held by America’s billionaires have a new target: In lieu of a federal wealth tax, state lawmakers want to tax billionaires where they live, in states like California, Washington and New York.

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