Photos: Dozens dance on Washington Capitol steps to protest tax

Photos: Dozens dance on Washington Capitol steps to protest tax

Credit: KING

Dozens of people danced on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on April 1, 2013, to show support for a bill to repeal the state's so-called "Opportunity to Dance" tax.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 9:04 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Dozens of people danced salsa, swing and blues on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia to protest the taxing of dance venues.

The dancers were showing support for repealing a tax that targets venues that provide the opportunity to dance.

A measure sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Ed Murray of Seattle that repeals the tax is being considered by lawmakers. The bill cleared a committee and is awaiting a floor vote in the Senate.

Proponents of the bill say enforcement of the tax is too arbitrary, targeting medium-sized venues.

According to state estimates, repealing the tax would cost the state more than $880,000 in the 2013-2015 budget cycle.

Department of Revenue spokesman Mike Gowrylow says that unless lawmakers repeal the tax, the department will collect it.

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