House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox weekly address sounds the alarm against Democrat proposals for significant tax increases

As the Legislature begins its seventh week of a scheduled 105-day session, the House Republican leader is sounding the alarm about majority Democrats in Olympia preparing to impose new taxes. John Sattgast reports.

SATTGAST: (:73) In his weekly address to Washington, House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox said he's very concerned majority Democrats in the House and Senate are determined this year to raise taxes by between two- and five-billion dollars.

Wilcox pointed to an article in the Everett Herald with the headline, “What a surprise: Democrats eye the need for higher taxes.”

The article noted that while Governor Inslee has called for the creation of a new capital gains income tax and an increase in business taxes, legislative Democrats are now seriously discussing increasing the state's real estate excise tax.

Wilcox says all of these new tax increase proposals are unnecessary.

WILCOX: (:18) “But I want all of you to know that House Republicans, as I've said over and over, think that the 15 percent approximately growth in revenues over the last two years should be enough for anybody, whether it a government, an individual or a business. And we're saying 'no' to new taxes.”

SATTGAST: Wilcox said House Republicans would also be standing up against a number of bills, he said are concerning. Those would include new low carbon fuel standards that would increase gas prices, mandated sex education in which parents would have to opt their children out, visits by state workers of all newborns, and bills that would restrict Second Amendment gun rights. John Sattgast, Olympia.


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