Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Just hours before the 2019 legislative session adjourned last April, the majority party rushed through a B&O tax increase on more than 85,000 Washington businesses. This week, they rushed through another bill to fix a problem with last year's bill, and in the process expanded the tax increase to 4,400 more businesses. Unfortunately, the two biggest pieces of legislation they've advanced this session would hit Washington families and businesses hard. Last week, it was a low-carbon fuel standard mandate that would significantly increase the cost of gas and goods.
Voters in this state have said 'no' to higher taxes time and time again, whether on income, soda, carbon, or a number of other things. The members of our caucus have been making that point all session, both in committee and on the House floor, and will continue to do so. Our members are fighters, and I couldn't be prouder of the work they're doing on behalf of all Washingtonians.
I discussed all of this and more in my week 4 review, which I recorded yesterday morning in my office:
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It is an honor to serve you.