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Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a series of tax increases on products such as soda, bottled water, major-brand beer, candy and cigarette, the proceeds of which will be used to avoid cuts in education, health care and human services. The new taxes are expected to generate $780 million, and help close a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

According to the Associate Press story, “The tax package is generally broken into two pieces: A tobacco tax that adds $1 to the price of a pack of cigarettes and a larger bill that rounds up all the other tax hikes. The tax on soda bottlers would add 2 cents to every 12-ounce container, but exempt bottlers under $10 million in volume. The higher beer tax adds 50 cents per gallon — a 28 cent-increase on a six-pack. Microbrews would be exempt, aimed at helping Washington state companies.”

Some of the taxes will be phased in over a period of months, while some will be temporary and phased out in June 2013.
KC's View:
I don’t live in Washington State (yet), so it is hard for me to judge whether these taxes are a good idea or not.

But I do know one thing. There is no concept in life so fraudulent as “temporary taxes.”