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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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 21, 2022

E-Newsletter: What are you thinking?

Jan. 21, 2022 Hello Friends and Neighbors, This past week’s e-news mentioned how our 2022 session is limited to 60 days. The pace of a “short” session like this is faster, understandably, because the deadlines for acting on legislation come up sooner. The first of these “cutoff” dates is less...
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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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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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November 19, 2021

Wilson says final 2021 revenue forecast supports her call for tax, inflation relief

VANCOUVER… Today the state Economic Revenue and Forecast Council adopted this year’s final quarterly forecast of state-government revenue, which shows an increase of $898 million for the current two-year budget cycle and $965 million for the 2023-25 cycle. Sen. Lynda Wilson, who serves on the ERFC as Republican leader on...
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November 10, 2021

E-Newsletter: Will the state of emergency ever end?

Nov. 10, 2021 Hello Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you and your family well. It was good to see people from our legislative district take part in the recent Tax Structure Work Group meeting for our corner of the state. I had hoped there would be discussion about...
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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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