Rep. Cary Condotta comments on state agency’s decision to increase employer payroll taxes


Lead Republican on labor and commerce issues is ‘extremely disappointed’

The state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced it will move ahead with a 7.6 percent increase in workers’ compensation payroll taxes on employers in 2010.

Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, lead Republican on commerce and labor issues, had this to say about the agency’s decision to raise workers’ compensation taxes by $117 million in the current economy:

“I am extremely disappointed that despite public input against the agency’s proposal and our state’s economic situation, L&I has decided to increase payroll taxes on employers. I had hoped the agency would avoid any move that would further dampen job retention and creation.

“Employers simply cannot take another financial hit right now. In the coming session, I will once again introduce common-sense reforms that will substantially reduce the cost of this system while providing exceptional benefits to our workers. Others states have achieved these key reforms and so shall we.”


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