STATEMENT: Capital-gains tax still on track for review, says budget leader
OLYMPIA… One way or another the fate of Washington’s tax on capital-gains income will be decided this year, predicts Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and budget leader for the state Senate’s Republican caucus. She offered this reaction today after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Washington Supreme Court’s 2023...
Session gets under way, massive tax hike already being proposed
When I and other budget leaders met with news reporters to preview our session I spoke about the need to be conservative about appropriating the billions of dollars collectively generated by the capital-gains income tax, the long-term care payroll tax and the cap-and-trade law, because those sources would go away...
E-News: Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hello Friends and Neighbors, You’re probably busy with holiday-related things so I’ll make this brief. The next legislative session begins two weeks from Christmas Day – that’s Monday, January 8. To repeat the invitation made in my previous e-newsletter, I’d like to hear any ideas you have for legislation. After...
Governor’s spending proposal continues worrisome trends, says Republican budget chief
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s new supplemental budget proposal continues the same worrisome trends of the decade he has been in office, said Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, ranking Republican on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “The good news is that the governor isn’t proposing any new taxes,” Wilson said....
E-Newsletter: Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 23, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, While the next legislative session won’t begin until January 8, the prep work is already under way. Earlier this month several members of our Clark County legislative delegation visited the Fort Vancouver clinic operated by Fresenius Medical Care, where we talked with staff and...
NEWS: Year’s final revenue forecast should end talk of new taxes
OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson is viewing 2023’s final quarterly forecast of state-government revenue as yet another reason to take a firm line against tax increases in 2024. “There’s no budget deficit on the horizon. It was confirmed today that government has more than enough revenue to maintain services and programs....
In the News: WA lawmakers discuss ways to make restraining orders more than ‘just a piece of paper’
Wright Gazaway with Portland’s KATU-TV recently interviewed me about my work on domestic-violence issues, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Tiffany Hill Act. Click on the link to view his report, which aired November 15: https://katu.com/news/katu-investigates/wa-lawmakers-discuss-ways-to-make-restraining-orders-more-than-just-a-piece-of-paper#
STATEMENT: Senate budget leader sees mixed signals in new state revenue forecast
VANCOUVER… While the state revenue forecast adopted today keeps government’s revenue picture comfortably on the plus side, Sen. Lynda Wilson is keeping an eye on a growth projection that is noticeably lower than any time outside of the Great Recession earlier this century. Wilson, R-Vancouver, is Senate Republican budget leader...
E-News: The ‘gaslighting’ about high gas prices continues
Sept. 14, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Earlier this week the gas-prices webpage from AAA had this headline: “Gas Prices Slump Slightly as Summer’s End Approaches.” Maybe in other states, but not ours. When I last checked in with you, it was mid-July and gas in Skamania County was $5.22...
STATEMENT: Credit for high gas prices belongs to governor’s climate policies, says Republican budget leader
VANCOUVER… The governor and Democratic lawmakers should be stepping forward and taking credit for Washington’s nation-leading gas prices instead of denying responsibility, says Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver. Wilson, budget leader for Senate Republicans, responded to claims made today by Gov. Jay Inslee and high-ranking Democratic state lawmakers that they will...