HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 4010
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Dunn, Fromhold, Pennington, Ogden, Hatfield, Mielke, Boldt and Grant
Read first time 02/15/2001. Referred to Committee on Finance.
TO THE HONORABLE JOHN KITZHABER, GOVERNOR OF OREGON, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF OREGON, AND TO THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF OREGON:
We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, Many residents of the State of Washington work at jobs located in Oregon; and
WHEREAS, These workers contribute significantly to the vitality of the Oregon economy; and
WHEREAS, The states of Washington and Oregon have chosen greatly different tax systems whereby Oregon taxes income and Washington taxes consumption; and
WHEREAS, Washington residents pay over one hundred million dollars in income tax to Oregon; and
WHEREAS, Clark County Washington residents pay more in personal income tax to Oregon than do the residents of twenty-nine Oregon counties; and
WHEREAS, Washington residents working in Oregon must pay taxes to two states: Income taxes to Oregon and sales taxes to Washington; and
WHEREAS, The amount of income taxes paid by Washington residents to Oregon greatly exceeds the cost of public services they receive from Oregon;
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully urge the Legislature of the State of Oregon to ensure fair tax treatment of Washington residents working in Oregon by reducing the Oregon income tax to a level commensurate with services received by these Washington residents.
BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable John Kitzhaber, Governor of the State of Oregon, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Oregon, and each member of the Legislature of the State of Oregon.
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