As one of her final jobs as governor, she will propose a new budget plan that will need to fill a $900 million shortfall and dedicate new money to education in response to a court order. The sales tax plan [targeting online sales] would provide a major boost to that effort.
“It’s one of my top priorities right now,” Gregoire said. “We desperately need the money.”
Taxing online sales is wise. But too bad that Gregoire isn’t pushing for a progressive capital gains tax with the same urgency as she will push for a regressive sales tax.