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Despite the fact voters continue rejecting initiatives to raise taxes, the majority party in Olympia is pushing hard again this session to increase the state's gas tax. That's not how they're...

Feb. 6, 2020

The people have spoken on I-976, and some politicians and activists aren't happy about it. Instead of simply accepting the result of the vote, they took to Twitter. On November 6,...

Dec. 11, 2019

Winter is in the air and that means the 2020 legislative session is fast approaching. Our last session wrapped up in April. Since then, I've been visiting schools, community groups, and...

Nov. 27, 2019

Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, discusses the Democrats change to the nonresident sales tax exemption and the impacts on Southwest Washington.

Sept. 23, 2019

Last year, after the session in my 2018 Legislative Report, I shared my concerns about the level of spending coming out of Olympia. I also had heard from many of you...

May 13, 2019

On Sunday, the Washington State Legislature passed a new, two-year capital budget that invests $4.9 billion in projects across the state. It invests more than $1 billion in K-12 schools, $308...

May 3, 2019

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats announced they had reached a deal on a new two-year state operating budget. Despite the Legislature being set to adjourn Sunday night, Republican lawmakers still...

April 26, 2019

We are down to the final week in the regular legislative session. The focus on adjourning on time has turned to proposed budgets and taxes proposals – lots of tax proposals....

April 25, 2019

Earlier today in the House Finance Committee, the 9-4 Democrat majority voted to increase taxes on Washingtonians by more than $4 billion over the next four years. The new taxes approved...

April 19, 2019

There’s a fundamental lack of respect for taxpayers by those who control the purse strings in Olympia.

April 8, 2019