Helping businesses get people back to work is Republicans top 2021 legislative priority
As lawmakers convene today (Monday) in Olympia for the first day of a scheduled 105-day session, legislative Republicans say they will focus on reopening the economy and getting people back to work. John Sattgast reports.
SATTGAST: Since the first COVID shutdowns last March, thousands of businesses have closed, forcing Washingtonians out of work. House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox says Republicans will be offering real solutions during the 2021 session for pandemic relief to help struggling employers and get people back to work. This includes a temporary suspension of the business and occupation tax, a five-thousand-dollar credit for businesses on their B&O tax liability, and relief from the unemployment insurance tax.
WILCOX: “Many, many businesses are seeing three-to-five-hundred percent increases in their unemployment insurance rates. And we should use part of the rainy-day fund to backfill that.”
SATTGAST: Wilcox says the governor's plan to increase taxes by more than a billion dollars couldn't come at a worse time. The Republican leader is confident the state budget can be balanced without tax increases or deep cuts.
Another priority will be to pass legislation that reforms the governor's emergency powers so that the Legislature is no longer shut out of decisions during an emergency when it's not in session.
John Sattgast, Olympia.
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