February 18, 2019
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Bill introduced to ban head taxes

Clay Hill, AWB government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy, testified last week in favor of a bill that would make sure something like the controversial Seattle “head tax” debate doesn’t happen again.

Senate Bill 5589, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, would prohibit local taxes based on employee wages, employee hours or the number of employees.

A tax like this is a disincentive to providing pay raises, to hiring and to moving part-time staff to full-time, Hill testified.

"It's an incentive to automate or relocate," Hill said. "Job taxes are terrible for Washington's business climate. They damage our brand and image as a place for entrepreneurship and innovation."

TVW has video of Hill's testimony.

The Seattle City Council repealed its tax on jobs less than a month after passing it, but it sparked a debate that continues to reverberate.

KPQ has more on the bill. Contact Hill to learn more on this and other tax and fiscal measures before the Legislature at 360.943.1600.

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