McMorris Rodgers Votes Against Tax Increases on Eastern Washington Residents

(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against the Democrats' budget today that will raise taxes on Eastern Washington individuals, families, parents, students, seniors, and businesses. The budget also does not include an extension of the state sales tax deduction that provides Washington state residents with an average savings of $550 a year.

“This is the largest tax increase in American history and will impact everyone whether you are low-income or wealthy, single or married, young or old,” said McMorris Rodgers. “In Washington state, the average taxpayer will pay $3,065 more a year in taxes. By allowing tax credits to expire, such as marriage penalty relief and the child tax credit, this budget is taking real money out of our pockets. I believe this money can be better spent by the people, rather than giving it to the government to pay for billions in new federal spending.”

I will continue to fight to make the state sales tax deduction and the rest of the tax cuts permanent,” continued McMorris Rodgers. “These tax cuts have provided tax relief to over 2,385,000 Washington state residents. We have seen that the tax cuts are responsible for growing the economy and increasing revenue by 12 to 15 percent each year to the federal government. They have also helped local companies, such as Telect, stay in business. The key to balancing the budget is not raising taxes, it is controlling spending.”

The Democrats' budget will impact families, businesses and seniors in Eastern Washington. On average:

  • A person in Washington state will pay $3,065 more in taxes, the 12th largest increase in the country.
  • An elderly couple who earns $40,000 will see their taxes nearly triple from $538 to $1489 a year, money that could be used for health care and prescription drugs.
  • A family of four earning $60,000 would see a 61% tax increase from $3,030 to $4,893 a year, money that could be used to pay for food, clothing and school supplies.
  • A single parent with two children would see their tax benefits decline by 67%, receiving of a tax refund of $799 instead of $2414
  • The child tax credit would be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.
  • Couples will experience a tax increase of $859 due to the elimination of marriage penalty relief.

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