House bill would audit results when state allows tax breaks

Commentary | February 22, 2006 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

The problem is that it is a lot easier to get a special tax break in Olympia. The Legislature makes big and yet silent trade-offs with tax breaks like these. The Senate agreed to fund 5,000 additional slots for the Basic Health Plan's subsidized sliding scale health coverage for lower-income workers. That cost about $10 million. But one in 10 Washington citizens lacks health insurance, and the number is growing. Why not take back those $46 million in tax breaks and add Basic Health coverage for 20,000 more citizens?

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