Good news from Washington state, where lawmakers occasionally resisted the tax-and-spend urge and represented the best interests of the people on (excerpted from a legislative recap in the Tacoma News Tribune):
Engine tax: SB 6900 would have required car and truck owners to pay an annual fee based on the size of their vehicle’s engine. Its mere introduction by Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom of Bellevue generated a widespread opposition campaign. It died without getting a hearing.
Universal health care: SB 6221 would have created universal health care in the state by replacing employer-provided health care with a payroll tax. Died in committee.
Catastrophic coverage: SB 6603 would have provided catastrophic care for the uninsured or underinsured, funded by a 1 percent payroll tax. Died in committee.