State Government, Veterans Affairs & Elections

March 05, 2022

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...
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February 25, 2022

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...
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February 21, 2022

Senate majority has no excuse for lack of tax relief in spending proposal, says Republican budget leader

OLYMPIA… Despite a budget surplus that climbed to a record $15 billion with the year’s first revenue forecast, the state Senate’s majority Democrats failed to include direct tax relief in the 2021-23 supplemental operating budget they proposed this morning. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, made the following comment after seeing how...
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February 18, 2022

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...
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February 15, 2022

Senate passes emergency-powers bill without Republican improvements

OLYMPIA… Senate Republican Leader John Braun and Sen. Lynda Wilson, prime sponsor of two bipartisan bills to reform Washington’s emergency-powers law, offered this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 5909. The measure received a 29-20 vote, after amendments offered by Wilson, R-Vancouver, and Braun, R-Centralia, were turned down...
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February 11, 2022

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...
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February 08, 2022

Accountability measures from Wilson clear state Senate

OLYMPIA… The state Senate today unanimously supported legislation from Sen. Lynda Wilson that would do more to hold the state Health Care Authority accountable for Medicaid-related spending, and its oversight of managed-care organizations. “Senate Bill 5620 sends a clear message: The Health Care Authority has to keep a better handle...
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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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