Budget & Taxes
2022 Legislative session wrap-up
Dear Neighbor, The 2022 Legislative session has now come to an end and it has certainly been an extremely busy one. As the matter of fact, during this short 60-day session, Senators introduced 560 bills and 239 of them passed out of the chamber. For comparison, this is almost identical...
Session midpoint: Good, Interesting and Controversial bills
Dear Neighbor, It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through this year’s legislative session. While things continue to be mostly virtual, there was a recent rule change allowing more Senate members on the floor of the chamber when voting on legislation. This update comes at the point during session...
Legislative video – WA CARES Fund
I recently shared background on the WA Cares Fund and the payroll tax that comes along with it. Watch my video above to learn about some of the questions I’ve been receiving and what you need to know before this program is implemented!
WA Cares Fund – new payroll tax coming soon!
Dear Neighbor, As Washington State reopens its doors fully again, I thought it appropriate to send a short update on the state of our economy, the job market, and the impending payroll tax for long-term care known as the Washington Cares Fund. How did Washington’s economy weather the pandemic? According...
2021 legislative session comes to an end – what you need to know
Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s 105-day legislative session came to an end on Sunday and to say it was a wild ride is an immense understatement. This session was record breaking in so many ways. We had more people testifying in committee from all across the state than any...
Legislature addresses Supreme Court ruling on drug possession
Dear friends and neighbors, Through my legislative updates this year, I’ve shared information with you on a wide variety of topics being discussed in Olympia this session. From climate legislation, testifying remotely, taxes proposals and emergency powers, this legislative session has been one for the history books! Today I want...
It is budget season in Olympia!
As we enter the home stretch of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers’ focus will turn to one thing – budgets. In odd numbered years, the legislature is required to create and pass three budgets: the Operating budget, Transportation budget, and the Capital budget. Today I’m going share highlights of each...
Legislative video – Capital Gains Income Tax update
Check out this week’s video where I share an update on the passage of Senate Bill 5096, which is the Capital Gains Income Tax. I’ve spoken about the strategic objective of this Income tax previously and you can view it here. I’d also encourage you to voice your support for or...
Working together during a virtual session
One thing you may not know about the legislative process is that it is very social. Lawmakers collaborate with staff, the public, stakeholders and each other to craft bills that ultimately become law. Working virtually this year has not made this intricate process any easier. Over the last few weeks,...