Senate Bill 6143, ESSB 6143 (raising taxes, eliminating business tax exemptions)
What: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6143, which passed the Senate by a 25-18 vote March 19, would impose an additional 0.02 percent state sales tax and use tax. ESSB 6143, which is estimated to raise as much as $800 million in revenue through increased taxes, includes several measures that would eliminate business and occupation tax exemptions for several business sectors, as well as a sales tax exemption for out-of-state businesses. ESSB 6143 was amended by the House by a 53-42 vote March 20 removing the sales and use tax increase that was proposed by the Senate. Instead, the House’s tax package, which is estimated at nearly $800 million, relies on new B&O tax increases, as well as eliminating B&O exemptions and sales tax exemptions.
Status: It is being negotiated by Senate and House leaders.
Senators voting yes
Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County
Senators voting no
Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville; Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester; Sen. Michael Carrell, R-Lakewood; Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch
Representatives voting yes
Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia; Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia; Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood; Rep. Fred Finn, D-Thurston County; Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton
Representatives voting no
Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy; Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham; Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia; Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis
Rep. Troy Kelley, D-TacomaWashingtonVotes.org