Social and Economic Policy
Revenue

Adopt fair revenue policies to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well-being of the people of our state.


Issue Team Chair: Cynthia Stewart, cstewart@lwvwa.org 
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Bill Tracking

Weekly Reports


Bill Descriptions


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Overview

The LWV of the United States, as stated in its Impact on Issues 2020-22, believes that “federal fiscal policy should provide for: adequate and flexible funding of federal government programs through an equitable tax system that is progressive overall and that relies primarily on a broad-based income tax; responsible deficit policies; and a federal role in providing mandatory, universal, old-age, survivors, disability, and health insurance.” The LWV of Washington’s State Tax Policy, as defined in the Program in Action 2019-2021, states: “Action to obtain a balanced tax structure that is fair, adequate, flexible, and has a sound economic effect.”

In 2021, the capital gains tax and working families tax exemption were passed, contributing to a more equitable tax structure once both have been implemented. The revenue proposal most likely to be considered in 2022 is the wealth tax, though there are others listed below. The Tax Structure Work Group has not yet completed its work and is not likely to make recommendations until the end of 2022, for the 2023 legislative session. A number of other revenue bills are not listed below because they do not have the scope of those that are listed; however, the League will monitor revenue legislation and support or oppose those that emerge as most significant. The League will support legislation in 2022 that assures adequate funding for services and is both sustainable and equitable.

In addition, there are proposals to create a public bank. The League will support public bank legislation consistent with the position on privatization, “Core services, functions and assets critical to the well-being of the people, should remain with government and not be transferred to the private sector.”

Bill Tracking

League priority bills are in bold below.

Senate Bills Senate House After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
SB 5188 Concerning the creation of the Washington state public bank Supports

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SB 5426 Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets Supports
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SB 5513 Relates to expanding flexibility of existing lodging taxes for affordable workforce housing Supports
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SB 5654 Ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the Washington health benefit exchange by eliminating the expiration date of its business and occupation tax exemption. Supports
X








SB 5713 Providing a property tax exemption for limited equity cooperative housing Supports
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SB 5769 Reforming the state tax system by providing tax relief to residents, employees, and employers. Opposes

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SB 5868 Expanding the use of the rural counties public facilities sales and use tax to include affordable workforce housing Supports
X








SB 5901 Concerning economic development tax incentives for targeted counties Supports
X








SJM 8006 Concerning a national infrastructure bank Supports
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House Bills House Senate After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
HB 1025 Concerning local parks funding options Supports
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HB 1035 Providing local governments with options to grant rent relief and preserve affordable housing in their communities Supports
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HB 1406 Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets Supports
X








HB 1460 Closing the digital divide by establishing excise taxes on telecommunications services to fund the expansion of the universal service programs in Washington Supports
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HB 1465 Making the estate tax more progressive by exempting small estates, reducing estate taxes on medium estates, increasing the estate tax on larger estates, and addressing equity in homeownership and homelessness Supports
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HB 1643 Exempting a sale or transfer of real property for affordable housing to a nonprofit entity, housing authority, public corporation, county, or municipal corporation from the real estate excise tax Supports
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HB 1672 Concerning local property tax levies for conservation futures Supports
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HB 1765 Ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the Washington health benefit exchange by eliminating the expiration date of its business and occupation tax exemption. Supports
X








HB 1789 Establishing a property tax exemption for adult family homes serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and owned by a nonprofit. Supports
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HB 1841 Incentivizing rental of accessory dwelling units to low-income households. Supports
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Weekly Reports

These weekly updates will provide you with a "deep dive" into the progress of each bill, along with more analysis of the potential impact of the bill if it should pass. 


Bill Descriptions

HB 1025 Concerning local parks funding options. Concerning local parks funding options. This bill would allow cities, counties or metropolitan park districts to enact, with voter approval, a 1/10 of one percent local option sales tax to fund park services. This bill is consistent with League position PO-3: League supports citizen information, education, and participation in city, county and regional park and open space programs to ensure that present and future needs are met.

HB 1406/SB 5426 Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets. This bill would establish a one percent wealth tax on intangible financial assets of more than $1 billion.

HB 1460 Closing the digital divide by establishing excise taxes on telecommunications services to fund the expansion of the universal service programs in Washington. The original bill would have provided additional services for specific populations, funded by an excise tax deposited into a statewide broadband account.  As most recently revised, the substitute bill is far more limited and would establish a Digital Equity Opportunity Grant Program and the Digital Equity Planning Grant Program.

HB 1465 Making the estate tax more progressive by exempting small estates, reducing estate taxes on medium estates, increasing the estate tax on larger estates, and addressing equity in homeownership and homelessness. This bill would exclude the estate tax on estates valued at under $2.5 million and shift the tax rate on estates in excess of $3 million, with a greater rate at higher estate values. Ten percent of the revenues collected from the estate tax would be deposited to a new Equity in Housing Account.  This account would be designated for addressing homelessness, including foreclosure prevention, rental assistance, outreach engagement services, housing services, and behavioral health, with priority for agencies, programs, and services which address current and historical racial inequities.

HB 1643  Exempting a sale or transfer of real property for affordable housing to a nonprofit entity, housing authority, public corporation, county, or municipal corporation from the real estate excise tax.

HB 1672 Concerning local property tax levies for conservation futures. If passed, this bill would exempt property taxes levied for conservation futures from the current limit on growth of property tax, as of 2023. This bill is consistent with League position CD-1, which is that Conservation Districts have a unique role with landowners to encourage conservation of all resources and the League supports that independent role; and PE-1: Exemptions from property tax should be limited but may be valid when used to further public policy such as encouraging education, cultural or humanitarian causes.

HB 1765 Ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the Washington health benefit exchange by eliminating the expiration date of its business and occupation tax exemption.

HB 1789 Establishing a property tax exemption for adult family homes serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and owned by a nonprofit. Establishing a property tax exemption for adult family homes serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and owned by a nonprofit.

HB 1841 Incentivizing rental of accessory dwelling units to low-income households. This bill exempts improvements to ADUs from additional property tax for the duration of the period during which the ADU is rented to a low-income household.

SB 5188  Concerning the creation of the Washington state public bank. This bill would authorize establishment of a public bank k as a cooperative membership organization to lend to state, local, and tribal governmental entities. It is widely understood that such a bank would allow lower interest rates for governments borrowing from the bank, thereby saving taxpayer money.  Its most recently amended version changed the proposal to a public financial cooperative as a membership organization to lend to local and tribal governmental entities. The details within each substitute bill will determine whether or not the League continues to support the proposal.

SB 5654 Ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the Washington health benefit exchange by eliminating the expiration date of its business and occupation tax exemption. Ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of the Washington health benefit exchange by eliminating the expiration date of its business and occupation tax exemption.

SB 5769 Reforming the state tax system by providing tax relief to residents, employees, and employers, would radically change property tax, remove the business and occupation tax on manufacturing and repeal the recently adopted capital gains tax.  These actions are inconsistent with the planning being done by the tax structure work group and would unbalance the tax code as well as significantly reduce revenue necessary for important services.

SB 5868 Expanding the use of the rural counties public facilities sales and use tax to include affordable workforce housing.

SB 5901 Concerning economic development tax incentives for targeted counties, would incentivize job growth through manufacturing and research and development activities in certain counties that face additional economic development challenges beyond the challenges faced by counties located in the central Puget Sound region. It would also modify the tax exemption for warehouses, distribution centers, and grain elevators. An application process with specific criteria is included.

SJM 8006 Concerning a national infrastructure bank would put Washington State on record as supporting establishment of a national infrastructure bank and specifically as proposed in HR 3339.

How To Be Involved
  • Local Leagues in Washington have action chairs who coordinate action teams. Some local Leagues have revenue teams to take action locally. Contact your local League action chair to find out and join.
  • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under considerations as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Cynthia Stewart, Revenue Issue Chair, cstewart@lwvwa.org.

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