October 25, 2022

NEWS: State tax agency shouldn’t act like new income tax is ‘done deal,’ says Republican budget leader

VANCOUVER… The state Senate’s Republican budget leader questions why state government’s tax collector is continuing to work on a rule for implementing the new state income tax struck down by a Douglas County judge eight months ago. “I can understand why the Democrat legislators who approved the state income tax...
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June 10, 2022

8.6% inflation: Washington families need a tax break – call special session now

Senate Republican budget lead asks “What are we waiting for?”   OLYMPIA…The Bureau of Labor and Statistics released May 2022 inflation data today showing Washington is suffering through an annual inflation rate of 8.6 percent, meaning real worker wage growth has failed to keep up with the current record-high inflation...
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March 30, 2022

Wilson bill supporting domestic-violence victims receives governor’s signature

OLYMPIA… Legislation signed today by the governor in a ceremony at the state Capitol will assure domestic-violence victims the right to offer a statement during a sentencing hearing. The law created by Sen. Lynda Wilson’s Senate Bill 5612 ensures victims and survivors of victims will have the opportunity to be...
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March 11, 2022

E-Newsletter: A lot to unpack

[[VIEW_THIS]]  March 11, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, This year’s legislative session ended last night, on schedule. There are a lot of things to unpack from the past 60 days at the Capitol, so this report will focus on just a few – and they’re among the most important. I’ll...
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March 10, 2022

STATEMENT: Final budget update even worse for families, says Wilson

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, Senate Republican budget leader, said this about the 2021-23 supplemental operating budget adopted this evening by the Legislature’s Democratic majorities. “This budget offered no direct financial relief for our state’s families when the Senate majority passed it less than two weeks ago. It’s gotten worse since...
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March 01, 2022

STATEMENT: Budget leader not surprised by ruling against Democrats’ income tax

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, Senate Republican budget leader, offered the following statement after Douglas County Superior Court Judge Brian Huber found the state income tax on capital gains passed in 2021 violates two sections of Washington’s constitution. The majority Democrats’ tax is expected to end up before the state Supreme Court....
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February 25, 2022

E-Newsletter: Squandering a golden opportunity to provide meaningful tax relief…

Feb. 25, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, We learned this week what the Senate majority intends to do with the $15 BILLION surplus in the state treasury – and if you were hoping all that extra money meant there would be some kind of meaningful tax relief coming your way,...
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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 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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January 26, 2022

Majority should listen to bipartisan ideas for reforming emergency-powers law

OLYMPIA… A second bipartisan bill to reform Washington’s emergency-powers law has received the same icy reception from the Senate’s Democratic majority as the first proposal, according to Sen. Lynda Wilson, prime sponsor of both measures. Neither Senate Bill 5039 nor the BALANCE Act, SB 5943, will be considered Friday by...
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