Thousands flood Capitol to oppose budget cuts

first_imgState Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said thousands of workers who rallied at the State Capitol Friday to denounce deep cuts to social services are “right on the money” in calling for an overhaul of the state tax code to eliminate some of its 500 tax exemptions and save vital services.“I respect and support the message these regular, mainstream Washington working people are emphasizing in their protests and demonstrations,” Moeller said in a statement. “We need to overhaul our dismal tax-exemption system. If what it takes to send that message loud and clear is a Capitol Campus full of stirred-up Washington citizens and taxpayers, then more power to them.”“Ending the sales-tax exemption for Oregonians, for example, would bring in an additional $83.7 million that could go to help fund Washington schools,” he said.Moeller said he’s not the only lawmaker who is open to eliminating tax breaks. But he said a supermajority approval requirement on any measure to raise taxes — a mathematical impossibility without at least some Republican support — “all but throttles much talk of tax-exemption reform.”— Kathie DurbinOLYMPIA (AP) — Thousands of union members from all over Washington poured into the state Capitol Friday, calling on lawmakers to “put people first” by ending corporate tax breaks and painful cuts to public programs.last_img read more