O’Ban proposes ‘head tax’ credit to create jobs in Washington’s distressed counties

Published on May 24, 2018
OLYMPIA…..Many of Washington’s counties struggle to fight high unemployment as other local governments in Washington fight to tax job growth and drive business away.   A tax credit proposal by Sen. Steve O’Ban aims to stimulate rural job growth with a $275 business and occupation tax credit to employers for each new qualifying job they... Read More

Schoesler: Seattle City Council voted ‘yes’ on a tax it isn’t authorized to impose

Published on May 14, 2018
OLYMPIA…Sen. Mark Schoesler issued the following statement in response to the Seattle City Council passing the notorious “jobs tax” Monday despite the city having no constitutional authority to levy the tax. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has drafted a bill that will make this clear to Seattle and any other Washington cities considering a similar move. “The Seattle... Read More

Senate leader says poll results should be ‘nail in the coffin’ for Seattle jobs tax

Published on May 03, 2018
  KING-TV survey shows landslide of opposition to controversial proposal   OLYMPIA…In a poll conducted during its Wednesday-evening broadcast, Seattle’s KING-TV asked viewers to weigh in on the controversial jobs tax proposed by the Seattle City Council. Did they side with supporters of the council’s proposal or with its biggest target – Amazon.com? The sentiment... Read More

Schoesler: Recklessly taxing large employers threatens family jobs

Published on April 13, 2018
   Seattle City Council’s “Amazon Tax” another example of its narrow-minded agenda   OLYMPIA…In the wake of this week’s political rally in Seattle in support of a new tax on large employers, Sen. Mark Schoesler, Senate Republican Leader, offered the following statement: “Jobs that large employers such as Amazon and Boeing create are critical to... Read More

Schoesler: Inslee’s signature on sweetheart deal for union is an affront to rights of home health-care workers

Published on March 27, 2018
New law robs home health-care workers, circumvents U.S. Supreme Court ruling   OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered the following comments Tuesday after Gov. Jay Inslee signed controversial legislation that essentially gives home health-care workers no choice but to sacrifice part of their modest income to pay dues to one of the state’s most... Read More

Schoesler: Democrat budget wastes opportunity of $2.3 billion surplus

Published on March 08, 2018
Olympia…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered this comment about the 2018 supplemental operating budget, which was developed without bipartisan input and was presented to the Legislature for a vote this afternoon – on the last day of the legislative session: “I’ve been in the Legislature for 26 years and in that time, I’ve seen... Read More