February 04, 2022

E-Newsletter: Your response to my survey

Feb. 4, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, We’re at a point in the 2022 session when bills begin to stall – or “die,” as some put it – because there isn’t enough support to move them forward. This can happen for several reasons. For instance, a bill may need more...
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February 01, 2022

Republicans offer long-term plan to rescue family and medical leave program without rate hike

OLYMPIA… Republican senators have introduced a plan to rescue the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program and put it on stable footing through 2028, without increasing the premiums paid by Washington workers. “It was a shock to learn this enormously popular, pro-family program is in such dire financial...
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January 28, 2022

E-Newsletter: It’s a new record!

Jan. 28, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, If you had asked me Monday morning, I would have said the 11 bills I’d filed during the first two weeks of our session – the latest being an updated version of my emergency-powers reform – would be it. But after seeing the...
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January 21, 2022

Republican budget leaders welcome proposed sales-tax cut to discussion of tax relief

OLYMPIA… The list of major tax-relief proposals before the Legislature this year no longer belongs solely to Republicans, now that a member of the Senate’s Democratic majority is proposing a one-point drop in the state sales tax. Sen. Lynda Wilson, Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and...
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January 14, 2022

E-Newsletter: RE: public safety, affordability and trust

Jan. 14, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you and your family well. The first week of our 2022 session ends today. Being that it’s an even-numbered year, this is a 60-day “short” session; the shorter length (compared to the 105 days allotted by the constitution in...
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January 13, 2022

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...
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January 12, 2022

Senate Republicans step forward with sweeping proposal for tax relief, reform to help families, job creators

OLYMPIA… Republicans in the state Senate have introduced a comprehensive plan to reduce homeowners’ property taxes and manufacturers’ business taxes while preventing a state income tax, and repealing the new payroll tax on Washington workers. The Tax Relief and Reform Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 5769) supports one of the...
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October 18, 2021

Wilson renews call for executive-powers reform as state of emergency nears 600-day mark

VANCOUVER… The state of emergency that enabled Gov. Jay Inslee to impose a job-threatening vaccine mandate for many Washington workers will hit the 600-day mark as of Thursday. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, said the vaccine requirement and Inslee’s apparent lack of interest in sharing his emergency authority highlight the need...
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October 08, 2021

IN THE NEWS: Want a property tax break? So do we. Here’s how to make your voice heard in Olympia

As published Friday, Oct. 8, in The News Tribune (Tacoma): Taxpayers are regularly asked to raise their own taxes by approving local levies. They are rarely given an opportunity to lower their tax burden. So here’s a timely question: If you could vote to exempt the first $250,000 of your...
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April 26, 2021

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)...
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