Representatives in Washington state today outlined a five-part revenue proposal that seeks to protect funding for education, health care, financial aid and critical safety net programs. The revenue-genetaing part of the plan does not raise the sales tax but proposes to lift a tax exemption on cosmetic surgery, among other products and services.

The House proposal would generate about $758 million for the 2009-2011 biennium, primarily by ending certain tax exemptions and closing tax loopholes. Additional anticipated budget actions will generate about $100 million.

The proposal "ends the sales tax exemption for products and services such as elective cosmetic surgery, candy and gum, custom software, janitorial services and bottled water," according to a news article in The Seattle Times.

[Source: The Seattle Times]