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This Week in Olympia Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

By tracyellis | Published on February 14, 2020

Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.



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VIDEO: WA Sen. Sharon Brown’s Weekly Video Update for Week 5 of the 2020 Session

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In this week’s video, Sen. Brown takes a look at the series of new and higher taxes proposed by the majority party. It’s no coincidence that the first bill of the session signed into law by Governor Inslee is SB 6492 — the Democrat’s $1 billion tax hike do-over bill. Despite continuing record revenue coming into the state, the majority has pushed for new carbon tax, higher gas taxes, and even a “low carbon fuel standard,” which is essentially an additional 57 cents per gallon gas tax with no roads to show for it!

VIDEO: 2020 session week 5 video: Legislature passes huge tax hike

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Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler talks about the $1 billion tax hike that recently was approved by the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Inslee, even though the state has $1 billion in new revenue. Sen. Schoesler also discusses the new Senate Democratic transportation funding proposal and its flaws, including a possible carbon fee.