House Passes 10.5¢ Gas Tax Increase, Dems Overjoyed at the Prospect of Bankrupting Taxpayers

by lewwaters

head_up_assAfter missing passing just yesterday, the House managed to pass their much wanted, middle class breaking 10.5¢ per gallon gas tax increase today.

How they voted;

Yeas: 51 Nays: 41 Absent: 0 Excused: 5

Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Bergquist, Blake, Carlyle, Clibborn, Cody, Farrell, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Freeman, Goodman, Green, Habib, Hansen, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Jinkins, Kagi, Kirby, Liias, Lytton, Maxwell, McCoy, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Moscoso, Ormsby, Orwall, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Pollet, Reykdal, Riccelli, Roberts, Ryu, Santos, Sawyer, Seaquist, Sells, Springer, Stanford, Sullivan, Tarleton, Tharinger, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wylie, Zeiger, and Mr. Speaker

Voting Nay: Representatives Alexander, Angel, Buys, Chandler, Condotta, Dahlquist, DeBolt, Dunshee, Fagan, Haigh, Haler, Hargrove, Harris, Hawkins, Hayes, Holy, Hurst, Klippert, Kochmar, Kretz, Kristiansen, MacEwen, Magendanz, Manweller, Nealey, Orcutt, Overstreet, Parker, Pike, Ross, Schmick, Scott, Shea, Short, Smith, Stonier, Taylor, Vick, Walsh, Warnick, and Wilcox

Excused: Representatives Crouse, Hope, Johnson, Rodne, and Takko

Democrat Rep. Jim “sue your constituents to invalidate their votes” Moeller is elated today, once again hoping to impose more burdensome taxes on constituents in the struggling middle class.

He says,

”I’m proud to say that the CRC that will create the economic catlalyst for Vancouver to join Portland as the 3rd economic hub in the PNW is part of that list!”

Not said in his claim “House Democrats invested the future of Washington,” is that there is no economic benefit to Clark County. The fares and costs we will spend (not invest) to maintain the proposed light rail from well inside Oregon to Clark College and back will all go to Portland’s TriMet.

Clark County citizens will not be employed unless they work for TriMet in Portland and pay Oregon income tax.

Maintenance workers, operators of light rail and likely even security will be handled by TriMet from our tax dollars.

As Rep. Jim “sue your constituents to invalidate their votes” Moeller longs for Vancouver to join Portland and provide an easier means to ship shoppers to Oregon, thereby avoiding paying Washington sales tax, Vancouver Mayor, Tim “The Liar” Leavitt, also a strong blind supporter of this boondoggle, headed up an effort last year to encourage “shop locally” with 7 other mayors from Clark and Cowlitz County’s joining him in signing a resolution to that effect.

Oddly enough, the resolution ends with words from Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce President, Kelly Parker.

The resolution says,

“The Chamber notes that each year, Clark County retailers lose $915 million dollars in sales to out-of-state retailers located in Oregon where there is no sales tax. ‘We could boost our local economy significantly by shopping at home,’ said Parker. The loss in local sales results in a loss of an estimated 5,500 jobs locally. The out-of-state sales also results in a loss to the community of $15 million in local sales tax.”
“ ‘As a community, we can make a tremendous positive difference in our local economy by choosing wisely where we shop,’ said Chamber CEO/President Kelly Parker.”

Yet, here we see the likes of Moeller and other Democrats elated with full hopes of further burdening Clark County middle class taxpayers to benefit Portland, Oregon while advocating supplying the means to encourage more shoppers to leave Vancouver and the ever increases taxes to shop and work in Oregon.

One can only imagine how much higher that loss of $915 Million from taxpayers will climb while Democrats continue to burden those who might be left living in Vancouver with more and more taxes.

That any elected official elected to represent a district in Washington to be elated over passing such a tax increase knowing the end goal will only benefit a city in another state is in abomination.

Fortunately, our Senate majority Coalition has stood strong against this effort to decimate Clark County taxpayers.

We must encourage them and support them to continue that stand against the tax-happy likes of Moeller.

14 Comments to “House Passes 10.5¢ Gas Tax Increase, Dems Overjoyed at the Prospect of Bankrupting Taxpayers”

  1. Nice. He is on the record one more time voting to be declared the all time highest “TAXMAN”!

  2. When legislators don’t want their constituents to know how they are represented, they sometimes are excused from a vote. Were these legislators in Olympia? On vacation somewhere? Sick? Upon what basis are they “excused” from voting?

  3. At least it’s just a per gallon tax and not an intrusive, privacy busting “per mile” tax as some jurisdictions have been contemplating. But better no tax increase at all, since politicians always manage to squander tax payer funds,…

  4. This will not pass the Senate. The tax is structured to go for helping to pay for big projects and the CRC is one of them.

  5. CTRAN buses across the river, apparently the OR liquor stores are a popular destination.

  6. Why did Hans Zeiger and Dawn Morrell vote YEA??? WA State has the highest gas tax rate with the money going for everything else but roads which was its main purpose. We are sick of paying high prices for gas or at least I am!!! Shame on you two for voting to increase the gas tax!!!

  7. Shame on all of them that voted for it, Jean.

  8. I think it’s high time that we started going after The Columbian’s Advertisers, Lew. We need to shut those pukes down.

  9. I like it ! Good plan Jack… did you know the Columbian is a member of the ICC?

  10. But the two-vote shift that saved the bill probably should not be taken as a sudden and resounding expression of confidence. Prospects appear dim for the tax increase in the Senate, where the measure may not even receive a vote. For one thing, there is a political problem. Members of the Republican-leaning Majority Coalition Caucus say they won’t consider the measure unless it contains a public referendum – one big sticking point – and several key members also oppose a controversial bridge project over the Columbia River at Vancouver that is launched by the House plan.

    Then there is a procedural issue. State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, notes the House hasn’t passed a bonding bill, HB 1956, which is necessary to implement a portion of its plan. “It’s pretty hard to take it seriously in the Senate until they pass a complete package,” he said. The hitch, of course, is that a bonding bill takes 59 votes, and the House had enough trouble getting to 51.

  11. That’s funny Carolyn – The Daily DogTurd is a member of a group supposing to promote a individual “identity for Clarke County bt tying it directly tp Peetown and letting Peetown milk clark County Commuters of tons of money??

  12. I mean, how can Clarke County have it’s own “identity”when it is just another neighborhood in Peetown with a choo-choo train??

  13. I know Jack. The investors in ICC are big developers. Gramor who got a contract for the park design from the city; Nutter which is a big heavy indutrial construction company specializing in road, highway and rail lines; Killian Pacific a business park developement corp; Columbia Waterfront LLC a developement group looking to build highrise condos and the such;David Evans and ASSOC an engineering and development contractor in Portland who has been heavily involved with the Max line installation; and the HILTON just for kicks. ICC has one successful notch under their belt if you call it that… they are the ones who promoted the Hilton/Convention center which our tax paying dollars are supporting!

  14. Choosing wisely where we shop? Well seems we need to choose wisely who builds the shopping center, the roads to get there and buildings and office parks and the fancy phony bologna trumped white papers and studies to say they will bring a bright new tomorrow, only they don’t mean for us they mean for them. The convention enter is a part of a huge scam perpetrated by mugs like ICC on towns using clowns like the mayor and Moeller. That scam was perpetrated by similar fellas in the 90’s, on towns mainly in the Midwest, bankrupting those towns who couldn’t stop it or pay for it. All of it may be legal but IMO these guys are no better than crooks!

    BTW, It is similar in nature to the mausoleum competition all along the Appian Way that helped destroy the Roman Empire.

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