Budget & Taxes

Signing of income-tax bill is nothing to celebrate, says Wilson VANCOUVER… Washington taxpayers who wonder what the new state income-tax bill really means for them didn’t get any answers from the signing of the legislation today, says Sen. Lynda Wilson. Wilson, R-Vancouver and Senate Republican budget leader, made this statement following the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 5096, the income-tax... Read More...
E-Newsletter: It’s over! Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature’s 105-day session ended last evening, shortly after the passage of a new state operating budget that is – unfortunately – much more partisan than it needed to be. The budget wasn’t the only disappointing news to come out of our final week (and weekend)... Read More...
Wilson says new state budget puts ‘other interests’ ahead of the people OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this statement following this afternoon’s final passage of a new 2021-23 state operating budget, on a partisan 27-22 vote in the Senate: “The budget leader for the Senate Democrats calls this new budget ‘awesome’.... Read More...
Democrats stay with high-tax budget that will hit low-income, marginalized communities harder OLYMPIA… The final 2021-23 operating-budget agreement made public this afternoon by the Legislature’s majority Democrats is still a step backwards for Washington’s low-income families and marginalized communities, say budget leaders in the Senate Republican Caucus. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, and Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, also are critical of how legislators... Read More...
Delay in making budget public is unacceptable, says Wilson OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson says majority Democrats negotiating the new 2021-23 state budget should have had a final version ready for consideration before now – and it definitely shouldn’t take until Saturday, although that timeline has been predicted by the Democrat chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Big (and mostly bad) bills still moving Hello Friends and Neighbors, The final day of our 105-day session is a week from this Sunday. I mentioned in my previous report how there’s no excuse for going past that deadline when one party controls both houses of the Legislature… but sure enough, the chatter about an overtime session... Read More...
Next state budget should do more than ‘meet the moment’ OLYMPIA… If the Senate’s Democratic majority wants a new state budget that is truly historic, says Sen. Lynda Wilson, there are more good ideas to be had in the Republican alternative she will put before the full Senate today. “Earlier this week my Democratic colleagues spoke of ‘meeting the moment’... Read More...
Senate Democrats tie budget proposal to unconstitutional tax Best parts of new plan mirror Republican spending ideas, says Wilson Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this statement about the 2021-23 operating-budget proposal made public today by the state Senate’s Democratic majority. “The good news is this budget would make... Read More...