Capitol Hill clubs are all like, “We told you so,” this weekend as Washington legislators finally pushed through a budget compromise that includes a break on the “opportunity to dance” tax.
Here’s the tally via the Seattle Nightlife & Music Association:
Unfortunately, venues like Neighbours won’t be getting a refund check anytime soon. Same deal with the folks at Century Ballroom who successfully rallied supporters in a series of fundraisers to pay off some $90,000 Olympia said it owed.
Legislators also handed out breaks to the beekeeper industry, nonprofit gun clubs who purchase clay targets, and renewable energy, if you’re keeping score at home.
Meanwhile, The Seattle Times reports on what many are saying is the biggest budget failure in Olympia:
Lawmakers adjourned their second overtime legislative session without Senate action on a $10 billion transportation package despite intense lobbying from business groups and Gov. Jay Inslee.
Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said he and his colleagues were unified in their opposition to the plan this session. They plan to work over the coming months to help develop a proposal that lawmakers could consider next year, Tom said.