Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There are some in Olympia who will get very creative in their efforts to take more of your hard-earned money. You have heard for a few years now about a potential capital gains income tax being pushed, despite it being unnecessary, unfair, and most likely, unconstitutional.
This session, we're seeing another tactic being used. Several bills (HB 1515, SB 5513, SB 5326) have been introduced to do away with independent contractors' ability to rent booths to conduct their work or service. The main idea with these bills is to get folks away from being their own small businesses and into being employed by larger companies that pay more in business and occupation (B&O) taxes.
For example, if you're a hairdresser renting a booth or chair and make less than $56,000/year you pay no B&O tax. If you make between $56,000 and $112,00 you pay B&O taxes at a reduced rate. There are some in Olympia who want to see all that economic activity thrust back into larger companies so that ALL OF IT is subjected to standard B&O tax rates.
The problem is, many of these independent contractors need the scheduling flexibility provided to them by being their own boss. They can work around their children's school or sports, child care or spouse's work schedule. And, they are maximizing their own take-home pay. If forced to work for a salon or larger company, many of these small business entrepreneurs would go out of business or lose a significant portion of their income.
This week, over 1,000 hairdressers and stylists signed in to testify against SB 5326 in committee. I'm impressed by the organization, the fortitude and the passion these people brought to Olympia. They are a great example of how our system should work. I want you to know that I stand with them in defense of their livelihoods.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email update. And thank you for allowing me to serve you in the state Legislature. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.