April 10, 2023

E-News: Going after law-abiding people won’t make Washington safer

At the edge of the Senate chamber on Saturday with Sen. Nikki Torres of Pasco, left, and Sen. Perry Dozier of Waitsburg, shortly before one of the longer debates of this session — on the Democratic majority’s bill to ban a specific group of firearms. April 10, 2023 Hello Friends...
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March 31, 2023

E-News: Senate passes better budget for our state

  March 31, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, For the second Friday in a row, the Senate Ways and Means Committee is working the late shift. A week ago we were handling bills related to the Senate budget proposal. This time it’s because of the 2023 session calendar: Wednesday was...
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March 25, 2023

E-News: Court issues surprise ruling on state income tax

March 25, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Senate Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing on the proposed Senate operating budget yesterday, and it lasted a whopping eight hours, until 10 p.m. That had me waiting until today to get this report together for you. Keep reading for...
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March 24, 2023

STATEMENT: Republican budget leader has warning for taxpayers after Supreme Court backs capital-gains income tax

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson of Vancouver, budget leader for Senate Republicans, offered this reaction to the state Supreme Court’s ruling today that the tax on capital-gains income adopted by Democratic legislators in 2021 is constitutional. The 7-2 decision overturns a lower-court ruling issued in March 2022 by a Douglas County...
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March 23, 2023

STATEMENT: Republican budget leaders encouraged by ‘inclusive’ Senate operating-budget proposal

OLYMPIA… Key Senate Republicans say there is much to appreciate about the 2023-25 operating-budget proposed by the state Senate majority today, starting with a lack of new taxes and a much lower spending increase than in recent years – and how it responds to Republican concerns, especially regarding K-12 education....
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March 20, 2023

STATEMENT: Drop in state revenue forecast highlights need for cautious approach in new state budget

OLYMPIA… State government’s first revenue forecast for 2023 shows a drop of more than a billion dollars over the next four-year budget outlook, and Sen. Lynda Wilson, Republican budget leader, says the decline should serve as a reality check for legislative budget writers about to unveil spending proposals for 2023-25....
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March 17, 2023

E-News: See you at a town hall tomorrow!

March 17, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, There aren’t many things the Legislature must do, but in odd-numbered years like this, approving new budgets is one of them. There are three state budgets: operating, capital and transportation. They cover a two-year period that begins July 1 in odd-numbered years. The...
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March 11, 2023

E-News: Pursuit-reform bill passes in Senate… but we can do better

March 11, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, All session long, I and other Senate Republicans have made the police-pursuit issue one of our public-safety priorities. I co-sponsored not one but two bills that would reform Washington’s law on pursuits, to make it less criminal-friendly. Why, then, did I vote against...
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March 08, 2023

Wilson says Senate bill on pursuits falls short, votes no

OLYMPIA… Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver and a member of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said legislation passed by the Senate today would not do enough to fix the problems with the state law restricting police pursuits of suspected criminals. Although Senate Bill 5352 was passed with a 26-23 vote,...
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March 04, 2023

E-News: Senate passes long-awaited ‘fix’ to drug-possession law

March 4, 2023 Hello Friends and Neighbors, We spent all this week on the “floor” of the Senate chamber, working until very late last night on legislation that not only came through the policy and fiscal committees. It was a good week for the bills I’ve prime-sponsored: four made it...
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