General Advisory 2021

2021 General Election Advisory Notes
November 2, 2021

WBWV Recommend the Following for 2021 Advisory Notes

Advisory Vote No. 36

The Legislature passed a tax on telephone lines to fund the statewide 988 behavioral health response and suicide prevention line.

The law sets up systems in Washington to respond to 988 calls and improve crisis response systems in response to the national suicide hotline designation act, which Congress passed last year. It designates 988 as the universal number for accessing the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline system.

The state tax is phased in. From Oct. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2022, the tax is 24 cents per line, per month. This increases to 40 cents per line, per month, beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The money will be used to route calls from the 988-crisis hotline to the appropriate hotline center and supplying behavioral health, crisis outreach and stabilization services.

Recommendation to REPEAL, because this was passed without a vote of the people.

Advisory Vote No. 37

The Legislature passed a 7% tax on capital gains last session, a long-awaited win for Democrats who said the tax will help pay for childcare priorities and make the tax system less regressive.
 
The sale of stocks, bonds, some property, businesses and other investments will be taxed if the profits exceed $250,000 annually. Revenue will not come to the state until 2023.
 
Opponents of the bill say it is a tax on income, which would be considered unconstitutional in Washington.
 
Because the bill passed with a clause making it “necessary for the support of the state government and its existing public institutions,” voters could not bring a referendum to the ballot to appeal it. Instead, opponents are taking it to court. A judge denied the state’s request earlier this month to dismiss the lawsuit, meaning it will move forward.
 

Recommendation to REPEAL, because this was passed without a vote of the people.

Advisory Vote No. 38

The Legislature passed a bill last session that imposed a premium tax on captive insurers, insurance companies that are owned by a corporation or company and insure the risk of their owner.
 
The bill requires eligible captive insurers to pay a 2% tax for insurance provided to its parent or affiliate.
 

Recommendation to REPEAL, because this was passed without a vote of the people.

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