State Government, Veterans Affairs & Elections
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-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...
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...
E-News: Nation’s highest gas prices, new tax on workers make WA affordability crisis worse
July 15, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Like many of you, my husband Tracy and I have friends and family in other states, which is why we were in the Idaho panhandle for the Fourth of July. Having seen gas prices climb steadily in our state all year long, it...
STATEMENT: State’s latest revenue forecast overshadowed by affordability concerns, says budget leader
VANCOUVER… The budget leader for Senate Republicans says today’s positive news about state revenue growth is offset by the continued rise in Washington gas prices and the added pain many Washington workers are about to feel from the state’s new payroll tax. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, is chair of the...
E-News: 2023 session concludes with major public-safety issue unresolved
Part of the job of Senate Republican budget leader is standing in the Senate chamber to speak about whether to vote for or against the budget being debated. That’s what is happening in this photo from Sunday afternoon, hours before this year’s regular legislative session ended. April 27, 2023...