10 years of tax increases passed by Democrats

Washingtonians are paying more taxes than ever before. Since 2014, state tax collections have more than doubled, ballooning to $36.4 billion in 2023. In fact, Democrats have passed nearly 50 new taxes and fees that hurt middle class families and drag down our state’s economy.

In the midst of a housing crisis, Democrats in the Legislature increased your property taxes. During record-breaking inflation, they implemented a new payroll tax. They created a new tax on capital gains, moving thousands of jobs to other states and causing our state to slide from No. 15 to No. 35 in business climate rankings. And they enacted a carbon tax that’s costing you hundreds of dollars per year at the gas pump.

Over the past decade, Democrats have enacted dozens of new taxes and fees generating $77.5 billion to government coffers (see list below). Meanwhile, Washingtonians now pay some of the highest prices in the nation for housing, groceries, and gas. So while Democrats are passing laws that make your life more expensive, House Republicans are working to make your life more affordable. It’s time to Fix Washington.

Tax Increases 2014-2023
Bill No.
Session
Tax/Fee Increase
10-Year Estimate
HB 1474 — 2023
Session: 2023
Document Recording Fee Increase (to $283 per document)
10-Year Est.: $990,000,000
SB 5974 — 2022
Session: 2022
Move Ahead WA Transportation Revenue Package (taxes & fees)
10-Year Est.: $10,618,000,000
HB 2076 — 2022
Session: 2022
Transportation Network Companies
10-Year Est.: Indeterminate
SB 5974 — 2022
Session: 2022
Aircraft Fuel Tax
10-Year Est.: $14,000,000
SB 5096 — 2021
Session: 2021
Capital Gains Tax
10-Year Est.: $5,736,000,000
SB 5126 — 2021
Session: 2021
Carbon Tax (Climate Commitment Act)
10-Year Est.: $3,947,000,000
HB 1277 — 2021
Session: 2021
Document Recording Fee Increase (to $183 per document)
10-Year Est.: $1,460,000,000
HB 1477 — 2021
Session: 2021
Cell Phone Tax
10-Year Est.: $432,000,000
SB 5315 — 2021
Session: 2021
Captive Insurers Tax
10-Year Est.: $53,000,000
HB 1091 — 2021
Session: 2021
Clean Fuels Program
10-Year Est.: $7,000,000
SB 6690 — 2020
Session: 2020
Increase Boeing B&O Tax Rate
10-Year Est.: $1,032,000,000
SB 5323 — 2020
Session: 2020
Plastic Bag Tax
10-Year Est.: $32,000,000
SB 5628 — 2020
Session: 2020
Heavy Equipment Rental Tax
10-Year Est.: $108,000,000
SB 6492 — 2020
Session: 2020
B&O Tax Changes
10-Year Est.: $843,000,000
SB 5313 — 2020
Session: 2020
Property Tax Increase (Local School Levies)
10-Year Est.: $7,000,000,000
HB 1087 — 2019
Session: 2019
Long-Term Care Payroll Tax
10-Year Est.: $8,036,000,000
SB 5998 — 2019
Session: 2019
Graduated Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)
10-Year Est.: $1,747,000,000
HB 1873 — 2019
Session: 2019
Vape Tax
10-Year Est.: $207,000,000
SB 6016 — 2019
Session: 2019
International Investment Services Tax
10-Year Est.: $367,000,000
SB 5997 — 2019
Session: 2019
Non-Resident Sales Tax
10-Year Est.: $313,000,000
SB 5581 — 2019
Session: 2019
Sales Tax (Wayfair)
10-Year Est.: $1,051,000,000
HB 2167 — 2019
Session: 2019
Increase B&O Tax Rate on Financial Institutions
10-Year Est.: $1,036,000,000
SB 6004 — 2019
Session: 2019
Increase B&O Tax on Travel Agents
10-Year Est.: $28,000,000
HB 1324 — 2019
Session: 2019
Timber Products Surcharge
10-Year Est.: $21,000,000
HB 1652 — 2019
Session: 2019
Paint Stewardship Fees
10-Year Est.: $6,000,000
HB 2158 — 2019
Session: 2019
B&O Service Tax Increase
10-Year Est.: $2,253,000,000
HB 2042 — 2019
Session: 2019
Increase Fees for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
10-Year Est.: $52,000,000
SB 5993 — 2019
Session: 2019
Hazardous Substance Tax
10-Year Est.: $2,760,000,000
SB 6269 — 2018
Session: 2018
Crude Oil Tax
10-Year Est.: $13,000,000
HB 2578 — 2018
Session: 2018
Document Recording Fee Increase (to $83 per document)
10-Year Est.: $39,000,000
HB 1570 — 2018
Session: 2018
Document Recording Fee Increase (to $80 per document)
10-Year Est.: $275,000,000
SB 6091 — 2018
Session: 2018
Water Well Fee Increase (Hirst)
10-Year Est.: $5,000,000
HB 1622 — 2018
Session: 2018
State Building Permit Fee Increase
10-Year Est.: $6,000,000
HB 2242 — 2017
Session: 2017
Property Tax Increase (McCleary)
10-Year Est.: $13,000,000,000
HB 2163 — 2017
Session: 2017
Increase Tax on Bottled Water/Increase B&O Taxes
10-Year Est.: $564,000,000
HB 1597 — 2017
Session: 2017
Commercial Fishing Fees
10-Year Est.: $6,000,000
HB 2768 — 2016
Session: 2016
Dental Plan Tax
10-Year Est.: Indeterminate
SB 5987 — 2015
Session: 2015
Connecting WA Transportation Revenue Package (taxes & fees)
10-Year Est.: $6,550,000,000
SB 6138 — 2015
Session: 2015
Eliminating Tax Preferences for Manufacturing
10-Year Est.: $1,449,000,000
SB 5987 — 2015
Session: 2015
Gas Tax Increase
10-Year Est.: $3,706,000,000
SB 5052 — 2015
Session: 2015
Medical Cannabis Fee
10-Year Est.: $4,000,000
HB 1449 — 2015
Session: 2015
Increase Tax on Oil
10-Year Est.: $17,000,000
HB 2263 — 2015
Session: 2015
Cultural Access Program Tax
10-Year Est.: $74,000,000
HB 2263 — 2015
Session: 2015
Affordable Housing Tax
10-Year Est.: $280,000,000
HB 1287 — 2014
Session: 2014
Increase Leasehold Excise Tax on Tribal Property
10-Year Est.: $1,300,000,000
SB 6505 — 2014
Session: 2014
Increase Tax on Cannabis
10-Year Est.: $25,000,000
SB 5875 — 2014
Session: 2014
Document Recording Fee Increase (to $58 per document)
10-Year Est.: $15,000,000
Total
$77.5 Billion