Budget Priorities

E-Newsletter: Still no tax relief???!!! Hello Friends and Neighbors, I hope the arrival of fall finds you and your loved ones doing alright – or at least getting by. The pandemic and soaring price inflation have been a real one-two punch to families everywhere, especially here in Washington. While other states are providing tax relief... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Bills signed! April 14, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, My previous report mentioned how most of the legislation passed during our 2022 session takes effect 90 days from the end of the session. The 90-day standard is in Article II, Section 1 of our state constitution. There are two exceptions: new laws... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Time is getting short… March 5, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, The end of the 2022 legislative session is less than a week away, and yesterday brought the last of the major deadlines for acting on bills. With the exception of budget-related legislation, the Senate is officially done voting on House bills for the... Read More...
Senate Democrats pass budget update that ignores opportunities for major tax relief OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, Senate Republican budget leader, offered the following statement after the Senate’s majority Democrats adopted a 2021-23 supplemental operating budget that represents a spending increase of more than 21% from the previous two-year budget. Wilson, R-Vancouver, criticized the $63.6 billion budget for failing to turn a record... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Why more taxes when it’s raining money? [[VIEW_THIS]]  Feb.18, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, In the same week that state government’s budget surplus hit the $15 BILLION mark, the state Senate rushed a bill through that would mean triple-digit increases in certain costs for Washington drivers and has our neighboring states accusing ours of trying to tax... Read More...
New revenue forecast means more reason for tax relief in 2022 OLYMPIA… The budget leader for Senate Republicans says the case for providing tax relief this year is even stronger after seeing 2022’s first quarterly forecast of state-government revenue. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, serves on the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The forecast she and other council members adopted today... Read More...
E-Newsletter: A win, a loss and… another win [[VIEW_THIS]]  Feb.11, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Both chambers of the Legislature are in the middle of an eight-day stretch of floor action. This is when, with few exceptions, we spend the entire day at our desks on the floor of the Senate chamber and take action on bills forwarded... Read More...
Wilson bill to ‘free the parks’ receives public hearing Session’s first week brings action on two proposals from 17th District senator OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson says the state should stop charging people to park at Washington’s state parks and other public lands. Her Senate Bill 5608 would eliminate the annual $30 Discover Pass and the $10 single-day fee charged... Read More...