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Wash. Governor Candidates Vow No New Taxes -- With Caveats

Northwest News Network | Oct. 15, 2012 5:08 p.m.

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Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia. Photo by Austin Jenkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are about to go out in Washington. In the race for governor, both candidates are pledging to veto tax hikes. But Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee also leave themselves some wiggle room.

The issue of taxes comes up a lot in the Washington race for governor. That’s because the state faces another $1 billion shortfall, plus the next governor will likely have to come up with $1 billion more for schools in the next budget.

McKenna says if elected he would veto any increase in state sales or business taxes. But he’s open to other revenue-generating ideas.

“If the legislature passes a change to the law that closes a loophole or a preference that they’ve concluded by the two-thirds majority isn’t needed anymore, I would sign it.”

McKenna made his comments after receiving the endorsement of the Washington chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Inslee recently said he too would veto new taxes, but supports the idea of eliminating “ineffective tax loopholes.” Inslee also says he would pursue a funding package for transportation.

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