Hazardous Substance Tax Pt 2
With Democrats ruling both chambers in Olympia, attacks on energy are common this session. Senate Bill 5993 would quadruple the state's hazardous substance tax rate on oil products.
Ferndale Republican, Senator Doug Ericksen says it's just one of the many pending bills that will cost jobs ...
ERICKSEN ... "The number of bills that are being dropped and the number of pieces of legislation that are moving forward that's going to raise the cost of energy, adversely impact working families, drive out agricultural jobs and it's all adding right now to be a very dangerous situation for working families in Washington state."
Ericksen says there's not much time left to let your voice be heard ...
ERICKSEN ... "We gotta make sure people are aware and contacting their legislators to let them know how important this is to them that we step back from these crazy ideas, that we move forward together to create great jobs in Washington state and not take the great jobs we currently have and try to eliminate them as the Democrats are doing today."
When it comes to taxes, he wonders when enough is enough ...
ERICKSEN ... "Right now, the state of Washington anticipates $5-billion extra dollars flowing into the treasury without any tax increases. So, ponder that for a second, a $5-billion increase in spending already available to Democrats, but yet they're going out after new massive tax increases on our energy industry. You have to ask the question, why? Why are they targeting this specific industry in Washington state? Do they really want to drive these jobs out of Washington?"
Ericksen says in this climate it is going to be very hard to stay in Washington state and make a profit.
A vote has not yet been scheduled, but is expected soon.