Senate Ways & Means Committee

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The Senate Ways and Means Committee considers the operating and capital budget bills and related legislation, including the authorization of state debt. The Committee also deals with tax policy and other fiscal issues such as pension policy and compensation in addition to bills with operating budget fiscal impacts.

Senate Ways and Means Committee staff are part of Senate Committee Services, the organization which provides nonpartisan staff services for all standing committees of the Washington State Senate.

 (Please note: This general description should not be considered the definitive listing of issues considered by this committee.)

Copies of draft bills, proposed substitute bills, or striking amendments scheduled for public hearings:

Committee Meeting Documents/Electronic Bill Book (EBB)

Hearing Date3/24/15Striking Amendment S-2662.1Relating to providing a business and occupation tax exemption for environmental handling charges. (SHB 1576)
Hearing Date3/24/15Striking Amendment S-2664.1Exempting levies imposed by qualifying flood control zone districts from certain limitations upon regular property tax levies. (SHB 1940)
Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 6027

Increasing Washington state's motion picture and film industry viability by increasing the tax credit available to certain motion picture activities. (SB 6027)

Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 5449

Creating a tax division of the court of appeals. (SB 5449)

Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 5575

Providing sales and use tax exemptions to encourage coal-fired electric generation plants to convert to natural gas-fired plants. (SB 5575)

Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 5700

Extending the expiration date of tax preferences for biofuel, biomass, and energy conservation. (SB 5700)

Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 5042

Providing a business and occupation tax credit for businesses that hire veterans. (SB 5042)

Hearing Date3/25/15Proposed Substitute PSSB 5827

Providing a sales and use tax exemption for eligible server equipment installed in certain data centers. (SB 5827)

Highlights

NEW SHB 1105: Early Action 2015 Supplemental Budget               

NEW 2015 Citizen's Guide to the Budget

NEW 2015 Citizen's Guide to K-12 Finance

NEW 2015 Citizen's Guide to Washington State Property Tax

NEW2015 Citizen's Guide to Washington State Tax Structure

Overview of Governor's 2015-17 Budget Proposals

Publications

   Recent Reports and Publications

   Archived Reports and Publications

Ways & Means Budget Guides

2015 Citizen's Guide to the Budget  
A resource for citizens, members of the Senate, their staff, and other interested persons to provide a clear and simple overview of the state budget and state revenues.

2015 Legislative Guide to Washington State Property Taxes
A resource for citizens, members of the Senate, their staff, and other interested persons to provide a clear and simple overview of property taxes. 

2015 Citizen's Guide to Washington State Tax Structure
A resource for citizens, members of the Senate, their staff, and other interested persons to provide a clear and simple overview of Washington State tax structure.                                                                                                            

2015 Citizen's Guide to K-12 Finance  
A resource for citizens, members of the Senate, their staff, and other interested persons to provide a clear and simple overview of K-12 Finance. 


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