Sales tax elimination not good for business

RainierApril 30, 2013 

Once again the Washington state representatives are attempting to throw southwest Washington businesses under the bus, literally.

HB 2038 would eliminate the sales tax exemption for Oregon buyers. The businesses adjacent to Oregon could lose 20 percent of their business or more if this bill, which passed the House, is approved in the Senate.

This family would find alternatives to shopping in Washington for other than food, medicines, and medical care. Our personal and business needs can easily be met shopping on this side of the river. We have alternatives and paying additional and unwarranted taxes is not one of them. With the Internet purchases, we often find more competitive prices and the items are delivered to our door conveniently and quickly.

This bill will likely put some people out of work as business declines and may cause some businesses to struggle or to fail. Some businesses report 40 percent of their sales come from Oregon buyers. No one would suggest this is good public policy.

Why attempt to fix something that is not broken? The advantages to SW Washington businesses and Oregon residents are obvious.

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