Sales tax referendum introduced today. Plus: reforming the estate tax, state revenue woes, tuition increases, health care reform, and voting rights for felons

April 16, 2009 | Alex Stone

Referendum seeks 3-year boost in sales tax to restore health program cuts and to give money to poor families: State Rep. Eric Pettigrew today introduced a bill that would raise the state sales by 0.3 percent for three years to “buy back” some of the cuts the Legislature is going to make to health care programs. | The News Tribune

Rep. McDermott to Introduce Strict Estate Tax Plan: According to a post at The Nation’s blog, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7) will introduce a new bill when Congress returns to session next week making the estate tax exemption level lower and the tax rate higher than they’ve been since the end of the Clinton Administration. | Publicola

State Revenue Woes: State revenues are collapsing with the economy. A new study from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government reports that state tax collections fell in the last quarter of 2008 for the first time since 2002.  | Tax Policy Center

Senate Ways and Means Passes Budget — Tuition Increased to 14%: At a rare evening meeting yesterday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee passed their version of the 2009-11 operating budget almost two weeks to the day the proposal was unveiled on March 30.  Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) sponsored an amendment which would increase tuition for resident undergraduates by 14% per year for the next biennium as recommended by the Governor last week. | UW Capitol Update

White House seeks health plan compromise: President Barack Obama’s top health care adviser said Wednesday a compromise is within reach on a government health plan for the middle class that wouldn’t drive private insurers out of business. | Seattle Times

Washington Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons: The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner. | Seattle Times

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