Dozens dance on Capitol steps in protest of dance tax

Apr 1, 2013

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.