State Government, Veterans Affairs & Elections

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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April 24, 2021

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...
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April 16, 2021

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...
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December 30, 2020

Wilson seeks legislative approval on emergency orders

Sen. Lynda Wilson, offered this statement on legislation she pre-filed requiring all gubernatorial emergency orders to be approved by the legislature after thirty days. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the health and well-being of men, women and children across our state over the past ten months, constituents from every...
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