Schmick says House tax proposal will help Idaho and Oregon jobs, but not Washington

'These are short-term gimmicks and the only lasting effects they'll have are negative – they are going to hurt struggling families and employers,' says Schmick

Democrat budget writers in the House of Representatives finally released their tax proposal this afternoon.  The plan includes a tax on bottled water, candy, gum, cigarettes and janitorial services.

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released this statement:

“I bet Idaho and Oregon will be thanking Washington for this proposal as it will benefit their economies and their employers more than ours.

“Increasing the cigarette tax by a dollar-per-pack is enough to send people packing across state lines to make their purchases.  And if you're going to go to Idaho or Oregon to buy your cigarettes, you might as well stock up on gum, candy and bottled water while you're at it.

“There's nothing in this tax proposal that will help maintain jobs in this state.  These are short-term gimmicks and the only lasting effects they'll have are negative – they are going to hurt struggling families and employers.

“I also have a problem with the idea of closing 'tax loopholes.'  The term 'tax loophole' implies that some people in some industries worked the system and found a way to get out of paying a tax that they're supposed to be paying.  But the truth is, these aren't loopholes, they're incentives.  Many of them have gone through intense study and it's been found that we could increase business and infrastructure investment into our state if we made Washington more attractive to employers.

The only thing that these taxes will do is to ensure purchasing big ticket items out of state.

“There's still time for the Democrat majority to listen to the people.  We can balance this budget without raising taxes if we embrace true government reform and look for additional efficiencies within all areas of the budget.”

 

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