More on the sales tax proposal. Plus: Lisa Brown on an income tax, and furloughs for state workers

April 17, 2009 | Alex Stone

Temporary sales tax hike: Where would the money go?: Where the money from the proposed 0.3 percentage point hike in the state sales tax (in House Bill 2377) would go if voters approve it. | The News Tribune

Hearing on sales-tax proposal: The proposed .3 percent sales tax hike, HB 2377, from Rep. Eric Pettigrew, would raise just over $1 billion in three years. Much of that money would be steered into health care: mental health services, hospitals, nursing homes, public health programs and the state’s Basic Health Plan, which provides coverage for thousands of low-income folks. | Spokesman Review

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown says fairness, not politics behind income-tax pitch: Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, who’s contemplating running for governor in four years, on television, is talking about an income tax. | Seattle Times

State furloughs preferred over layoffs: State agencies would be encouraged to require workers to take furloughs or to cut their hours before resorting to layoffs in the latest version of a recession-inspired state budget. | The Olympian

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