The sole Democrat in the Washington House to vote against a budget that assumes $1.3 billion in new revenue said she’s listening to business interests.
Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, said she opposed the budget, passed Friday on a 54-43 vote, because of permanent extensions to some business and beer taxes that are part of the proposal.
The budget proposal calls for putting more money into the state’s education system, while at the same time patching an anticipated deficit for the next two-year budget.
“The budget does a lot of things right in terms of funding education,” Stonier said. “My concern now is, we’re making some taxes that were temporary permanent.”
Other aspects of the plan include repealing the sales tax exemption on bottled water, as well as scrapping the sales tax break provided to residents who live in states that don’t have a sales tax, such as Oregon.