Three of five tax increases repealed by voters

Lawmakers approved five tax increases this year and voters on Tuesday were saying they would like to see three of them repealed and two of them maintained.

Washington voters wished to maintain leasehold excise tax credit for taxpayers who lease publicly-owned property and excise tax on commuter air carriers in lieu of property tax.

But they want to repeal changes made by lawmakers in the estate tax, retail sales tax exemption for certain telephone and telecommunications services and tax rules for stand-alone dental coverage.

The results won’t change any of the laws as these are only advisory measures intended to let voters weigh in on what lawmakers did.

They appeared on the ballot because of the 2007 initiative written by Mukilteo’s Tim Eyman that said if lawmakers approve a tax increase without putting it to a vote then the electorate gets to offer its opinion after the fact in this manner.

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