Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says the state needs an extra half-billion bucks over the next couple of years to cover education and public safety costs in a time of recession, and she wants the State Legislature to ask voters to approve a one-half-percent sales tax hike to raise that money.
The Seattle P-i reports.
According to the AP, (via P-I) the vote on the tax could come in March 2012, if legislators agree.
Here’s a direct link to the governor’s statement.
Also, at the Washington Secretary of State’s office, David Ammons tells us that the legislature would need to approve the measure by Dec. 30 to get the tax hike to the voters on a March 13 ballot.
Ammons provides lots of useful links on his own blog post here.