Operating Budget

July 08, 2021

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...
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April 30, 2021

2021 legislative session ends with massive spending and increased taxes

  Dear Neighbor, My first legislative session in Olympia has come to an end and not a minute too soon! As a new legislator, I can tell you that the past 105 days were not easy – especially participating in a virtual session during a pandemic. As the dust begins...
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April 26, 2021

2021 session recap: More taxes, more climate mandates, emergency powers, and major police reform

  By Rep. Skyler Rude, Rep. Mark Klicker and Sen. Perry Dozier   The final gavel has dropped, and it’s been a long and often difficult process because of such an unusual year created by COVID 19. We have enjoyed representing and serving the people of the 16 district and...
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April 11, 2021

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...
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