Spending Your Money

During the 2008 Legislative Session, lawmakers proposed over $200 billion in fee and tax increases. Of that, they imposed $768 million in increases over a ten-year period.

State senators proposed 46 bills (including companion bills) that would increase state taxes or fees. The initial versions of these proposals sought to raise $215.4 billion in revenue over a ten-year period. Of these proposals, the legislature adopted five, raising $13 million in fees or taxes.

State representatives proposed 36 bills (including companion bills) that initially sought to raise $98.8 billion in fees or taxes over a ten-year period. The legislature ultimately adopted nine of these bills, raising $755 million in fees or taxes.

In total the legislature enacted 14 bills raising fees and taxes by $768 million over a ten-year period.

Washington Policy Center