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Transportation proposal increases taxes, punishes drivers Dear Friends and Neighbors, I want to update you on an emerging issue that legislators are currently addressing: the Senate Democrats’ Transportation Funding Plan (SB 5974).  In a very one-sided manner, the majority party put together a plan for the state of Washington with absolutely no respect or regard for... Read More...
Long-Term Care Payroll Tax update: kicking the can down the road Dear Friends and Neighbors, This session, I continue to serve as the Ranking Republican on the Senate’s Business, Financial Services and Trade Committee. This committee primarily focuses on issues relating to insurance, services issues — including the soundness of state banks and credit unions, the regulation of consumer credit and... Read More...
Alert! Long-term care payroll tax exemption now available Dear Friends and Neighbors, Some of you may remember receiving a newsletter from me earlier this summer regarding the newly formed WA CARES Fund and the payroll tax that comes with it. For more information on this new program, check out my previous newsletter here. As a follow-up, I want to... Read More...
Governor’s vaccine mandates restrict our freedoms Dear Neighbor, With the governor announcing he will require all state and school employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall, my office has received many emails and phone calls regarding this issue. To keep you updated, I wanted to share some information on these mandates, how he is allowed... Read More...
New mandated payroll tax coming in 2021! Dear Neighbor, I have received many calls and emails regarding the upcoming payroll tax that will be implemented next year to fund long-term care. I know many of you have questions and concerns regarding this new tax. I wanted to provide you with background information on this topic and what’s coming... Read More...
In Olympia, an over-the-top budget proposal targets the middle class The following op-ed appeared in the Prosser Record-Bulletin, Dayton Chronicle and other newspapers during the week of April 5, 2021. I want to give my Democratic colleagues in the state Legislature credit. In a year when state coffers are overflowing and there is no financial emergency – still they have... Read More...