February 26, 2024

Senate budget funds measures to combat fentanyl addiction, overdoses

OLYMPIA – Republican proposals to tackle skyrocketing fentanyl usage and overdose deaths in Washington state are funded in the operating budget passed by the Washington Senate. The $71.6 billion budget bill contains funding for local law enforcement task forces, a public education campaign focused on opioids and tribal opioid prevention and...
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February 25, 2024

E-News: Check your energy bill! How does the cap-and-trade law affect you?

As a supporter of the six initiatives submitted to the Legislature this year, I appreciated being able to say a few words Friday to a crowd of others who rallied on the Capitol steps because they feel the same way! February 25, 2024 Hello Friends and Neighbors, Tomorrow is Day...
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February 23, 2024

K-12 education, public safety lead list of changes made in supplemental budget adopted by Senate

OLYMPIA… By a strongly bipartisan 45-4 vote, the Senate today adopted a supplemental operating budget that would make important investments in K-12 education and public safety without requiring any tax increases. Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Senate Republican budget leader, offered these comments about the $71.6 billion plan, which revises...
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February 19, 2024

Senate Republican budget leader encouraged by proposal with strong lean toward addressing public-safety concerns

OLYMPIA… The Senate supplemental operating budget proposed today would address a host of public-safety priorities while maintaining essential services and balancing without new taxes, according to Sen. Lynda Wilson, Senate Republican budget leader. Between the attention to Washington’s drug-overdose crisis, the smallest policy-related spending increase in a supplemental budget since...
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February 16, 2024

E-News: Think every legislator puts the safety of children first? Think again

  February 16, 2024 Hello Friends and Neighbors, As of today there are 20 days left in this year’s session. With the exception of budget updates, we’re through with moving Senate bills across to the House of Representatives, and are back to meeting as committees – this time to consider...
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February 14, 2024

STATEMENT: Slight increase in revenue confirms need for responsible spending approach, says Senate Republican budget leader

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson says the latest state revenue forecast confirms the wisdom of keeping a firm grip on spending in the supplemental operating budget that must be adopted before lawmakers adjourn March 7. Wilson, R-Vancouver, chairs the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. It met this morning to adopt...
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February 13, 2024

NEWS: Senate passes Wilson, Braun bills to tackle opioid addiction, overdose deaths

OLYMPIA… Washington state’s fast-rising rate of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are targeted by a pair of bills that emerged from the state Senate this week, sponsored by Sens. John Braun, R-Centralia and Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver. Both measures passed the Senate 49-0 and now move to the House. The bills...
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February 09, 2024

E-News: Senate majority bows to pressure, drops bid for record property-tax increase

Hello Friends and Neighbors, If you own property or a home or rent your home… this week didn’t start out well. My colleagues in the Senate majority were all set to open the door to the largest property-tax increase in Washington history. The bill to enable this (SB 5770) was...
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February 09, 2024

STATEMENT: Budget leader glad to see Democrats drop proposed property-tax increase

OLYMPIA…Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and Senate Republican budget leader, offered this comment after learning the proposal to allow local governments to raise property taxes by up to 3% annually without a vote of the people will not move any further this legislative session. The Democratic senator who is prime sponsor...
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February 02, 2024

E-News: Upset about the ‘climate’ charge on your utility bill? There’s an initiative for that

If you’re a customer of NW Natural and were shocked by the “WA Climate Act Fee” on your bill, you are not alone. On top of Washington’s artificially high prices for gasoline, this is another consequence of the partisan cap-and-trade law that was adopted in 2021 and would be repealed...
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