There are signs in the windows of See's Candy downtown urging patrons to call Ed Murray, Jamie Pedersen, and Frank Chopp. "Family Traditions Should NOT Be Taxed," reads the sign. "Don't let them tax your Valentine's Day candy, your child's Easter candy, or your occasional candy treat!"
First, why do Ed, Jamie and Frank hate our traditions? And our Easter? And our Jesus? And our children? And our occasional candy treats?
Second, last night the Washington state House of Representatives approved a bill that ends the sales-tax exemption on candy, joining 29 other states in taxing the sale of candy. The new tax—if it makes it through—is expected to generate about $28 million a year in revenues for the state. It will also make Jesus cry.