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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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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July 29, 2021

E-Newsletter: RE: Recent law enforcement ‘reforms’

Hello Friends and Neighbors, This second half of July has been more than unusually hot and dry. It’s also been unusually violent, with a string of shootings – many of them fatal – in our state’s largest city, while here in Clark County, a Clark County deputy sheriff was killed...
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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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May 18, 2021

Wilson says unnecessary taxes, regressive policies outweigh good things in budget signed today

VANCOUVER… Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this statement today after Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of the $59.2 billion state operating budget for 2021-23: “There are good things in the new budget, like more support for our most vulnerable residents and...
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May 04, 2021

Signing of income-tax bill is nothing to celebrate, says Wilson

VANCOUVER… Washington taxpayers who wonder what the new state income-tax bill really means for them didn’t get any answers from the signing of the legislation today, says Sen. Lynda Wilson. Wilson, R-Vancouver and Senate Republican budget leader, made this statement following the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 5096, the income-tax...
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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 25, 2021

Wilson says new state budget puts ‘other interests’ ahead of the people

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this statement following this afternoon’s final passage of a new 2021-23 state operating budget, on a partisan 27-22 vote in the Senate: “The budget leader for the Senate Democrats calls this new budget ‘awesome’....
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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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