Democrats’ new tax increases | 2019-21
Despite record state tax collections the last three legislative sessions, and an influx of federal stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, majority Democrats in the Legislature still chose to increase taxes on individuals, families and businesses in Washington state. The 2021-23 operating budget grows state spending by $7 billion, an increase of 13.6% over the 2019-21 budget cycle. State spending has increased by 74% since Gov. Jay Inslee took office in 2013.
†This took personal property tax on heavy equipment off the rolls and instead charges a tax at point-of-sale. The property tax will be shifted to everyone else, so this is a net revenue gain to the state.
*This bill assessed a premium for long-term care. The fiscal impact represents Employment Security Department’s assessed premiums for fiscal years ’22-25.
**This bill did not directly raise taxes but allowed local school districts to raise additional property taxes.