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 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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December 16, 2021

STATEMENT — Senate Republican budget leader says Inslee spending plan disrespects taxpayers

VANCOUVER… Sen. Lynda Wilson, Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this statement regarding the 2021-23 supplemental operating budget Gov. Jay Inslee is submitting to the state Legislature: “In the past four years the governor has backed almost two dozen tax increases that will take billions from...
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September 24, 2021

Wilson’s plan for property-tax relief gets boost from latest revenue forecast

VANCOUVER… Despite the ongoing pandemic, Washington state government’s third-quarter revenue forecast indicates a gain of $927 million for the current two-year budget cycle and $931 million for the 2023-25 cycle. The forecast was adopted today by the state Economic Revenue and Forecast Council. When coupled with the increase projected in...
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June 23, 2021

STATEMENT: Year’s second strong revenue forecast has Wilson renewing call for tax relief

VANCOUVER… The state’s chief economist is predicting another significant jump in state-government revenue, as Washington’s economy continues to recover from pandemic-related restrictions. The year’s second quarterly revenue forecast, issued today, indicates a gain of $2.2 billion through the 2021-23 budget cycle and more than $3.5 billion over the state’s four-year...
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June 09, 2021

E-Newsletter: Another illegal veto? Say it isn’t so!

Hello Friends and Neighbors, By the time the 2020 legislative session ended, the governor had already declared a state of emergency because of COVID-19. I and other legislators got so busy responding to his emergency proclamations that things didn’t slow down for months. When this year’s regular legislative session ended,...
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April 10, 2021

E-Newsletter: A one-two punch…

Hello Friends and Neighbors, It’s Saturday morning, and at 8 a.m. our Senate Ways and Means Committee will begin public hearings on four pieces of legislation. Three of the bills have come over from the House of Representatives; the fourth is a Senate Democratic bill that responds to the state...
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April 09, 2021

Wilson says ‘no’ to bill that would hike fuel costs

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson says she couldn’t support the Senate Democrats’ “cap-and-tax” bill Thursday evening because it doesn’t offer a measurable return on the massive cost it represents to Washington’s families and economy. Senate Bill 5126 passed with the minimum 25 votes, all from Democrats. “There’s no question that this...
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April 02, 2021

E-Newsletter: Hoping your Easter is happy and blessed!

Hello Friends and Neighbors, The 2021 session crossed the three-quarters mark this week, and the big news is the Senate’s passage of two budgets… budgets that could hardly be more different, as I’ll explain. Today brings another of the session’s major deadlines. A week ago it was for Senate policy...
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