Survey: Washington residents support income tax

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, may have an easier time convincing voters to support an income tax than lawmakers, according to a new KING 5 News poll.

Sen. Brown has proposed letting voters reduce the state's sales tax and create an income tax for those making more than $200,000 a year. In a SurveyUSA poll of 500 people statewide, 53 percent said an income tax would be a good idea while 39 percent called it a bad idea.

In an interview for KING 5's "Up Front," Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, raised some concerns.

"It doesn't help us with the budget problem we have to deal with today," said Hunter, "

Rep. Hunter did call an income tax an "interesting political debate."

The Senate's Minority Leader does not support an income tax.

"This is yet another arm for government to come after them (taxpayers) to fleece them of their money," said Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla.

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