How special is that?
Powerful environmentalist lobby groups have prepared their annual Olympia wish list of legislation. And while most of their effort will reportedly go towards defending money they've already swiped legislatively, they have come up with rather clever packaging for their bigger ticket item: just call the tax a job.
And so their bill would impose a "fee" (liberal code word for tax) on petroleum products - $1.50 per barrel!
In other words if you use gasoline, motor oil, or asphalt you're going to pay.
But no worries - they will spend your money to create a few jobs described as capitol projects and retrofits dealing with stormwater.
The bill is part of the legislative agenda being pushed in Olympia by Environmental Priorities Coalition, a group of 25 environmental organizations
Coalition member Washington Conservation Voters program director Brendon Cechovic calls it "part of the solution at a time when the legislature is clearly looking for solutions.”
He further describes it as kind of a statewide stimulus package of "shovel-ready projects all over the state, at a time when we desperately need more good-paying jobs.”
A tax that comes with it's own jobs program. Now isn't that worth more to you than you taking home what you earn?
Last year a similar bill passed in the House but not the Senate.
Listen up - a state desperate for revenue will impose as many "you earn, we take" taxes on their silent prey as they possibly can.
This is another opportunity for irate tax payers to take names on who actually supports this tax.
Take names, and then take them out at the ballot box in November.
It's Twenty - Ten people...let the revolution begin!