Friday, March 26, 2010

A whole list of new laws: HB 2753, Creation of Workforce Housing

The Capital Record, from, posts the list of bills that the governor has signed into law on a given day.

Among today's bills was HB 2753.

Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2753, relating to the creation of a workforce housing program.

The bill that provides the funding source for HB 2753 is bill HB 2912.
Modifying local excise taxes in counties that have pledged lodging tax revenues for the payment of bonds prior to June 26, 1975.
It is unfortunate that Washington State Senator Rodney Tom chose this bill to mess with by piling on a dozen amendments.

The options here are limited:
try to pass HB 2912 on the floor with all those amendments (possible);
amend and pass SB 6051 that was regular session (possible);
or amend SB 6116 (yes, it still lives).
Have a great day,
Mike Baker

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Peter said...

if they do amend 6116, could we add the language from murray's striker 2912 admendment or add the athlete taxes to it to possibly fund an new arena? the way 6116 is written now, it could only fund an key redo, and i thought you said the key remodel was already possibly funded by the PFD bill.

Peter said...

would the county need clear authority from the state to use the athlete taxes on stadiums and arenas if they are enacted, or could the county just transfer them to the PFD if a athlete tax is just imposed?

Mr Baker said...

SB 6116 must be amended if it is used because the date the law goes into effect stated at the very end of the bill is 2009.
It would also have to be amended for Workfirce Housing.

The Senate has more room within their rules to change bills. They also suspended many other rules so bills could be introduced, or changed, and voted on in the same day.

Mr Baker said...

The athlete tax as written in Rodney Tom's amendmend states that it is deposited in the pfd account and cites the RCW 36.100.020

the pfd would get athlete tax revenue, and unless they spent it on sports facilities the PFD would likely end up in court in a similar situation as the Hoteliers vs State of Washington.

Peter said...

the money for keyarena is potentially there in the PFD bill, right? wouldn't it be hard to do anything to keyarena w/ the pfd since the key is city owned?

"The athlete tax as written in Rodney Tom's amendmend states that it is deposited in the pfd account and cites the RCW 36.100.020."

is the county aware of this idea as a potential funding source for an new arena? if it is a potential funding source for the PFD, then i must assume dow is aware of tom's admendment.

Mr Baker said...

This is not a new idea, Dow's Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett co-sponsored a bill to do something similar 2 years ago when he worked in the legislature.

Peter said...

sounds to me like we'd have to be careful if we implemented an athlete tax here. the link posted on SC about the NHL players' challenge to the tennessee tax worries me a little. our tax is alot fairer to the players because it is 10% percent across the board and it dosen't go into effect unless an player makes more than $300,000 a year. so the visiting players would have a much easier burden than seattle players, which is the exact oppisite the NHL players in the article were talking about. they said it wasn't constititional because visiting players paid more than players in tennessee. but the worst thing that could happen is the county tries to fund an new arena with athlete taxes and the players unions' sue. that would be devestating imo. would there be any constuitional issue with the tax in tom's admnedment?

Mr Baker said...

A B & O tax rate that is 10% if the player makes 10x the base salary of a new school teacher will never result in somebody paying more than they make.

Second round pick, bench riding, rookies would still make money.

Peter said...

so the whole issue in tennessee is due to the tax, some visiting players pay more than they make for the games they play in tennessee?

does the state have legal authority to impose an b&o tax on any single profession?

Peter said...

so w/ the PFD bill, we can at least potentially have an keyarena renovation if an new arena dosen't work out?

JAS said...

“sounds to me like we'd have to be careful if we implemented an athlete tax here. the link posted on SC about the NHL players' challenge to the tennessee tax worries me a little.”

I posted that link on Sonics Central. It actually seemed encouraging to me, because so many other states (18) apparently have a pro athlete tax. The Red Wings player who was upset about Tennessee’s tax wasn’t upset about the idea in general of states taxing athletes—just Tennessee’s particular way.
Like you, I was worried about what players or their various unions would think of it, but if 18 other states have it I can’t imagine it would cause much controversy.

Mr Baker said...

The state has the authority to define a class, and tax it.

I agree with JAS, this is a good sign. I would like to see the list of states and their rates, but I think the income tax is how most states are doing this.

Where this state gets into trouble is when it taxes one thing in particular and attepts to directly tie it to something cmpletely different, for example: Frank Chopp is attempting to use lodging taxes in HB 2912 and apply them to workforce housing. It is hard to find the "
nexus there. Worse yet, when the state defines the reason, and sets up an account to ensure that the funds are only used fir that reason you end up with the hoteliers taking the state to court.

Btw, the hoteliers in Washington DC are taking DC government to court over the same thing. I kept running into those stories while trying to find stories about our convention center, in fact, it is the convention and sports districts that are taking the court action there. The PFD in DC is taking DC government to court there.