Senate Republicans to all of Washington: We hear you

Voter frustration with high-handed response to I-976 carries over to legislative agenda  Watch our video message. OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans say they share the frustrations of Washington voters with a political establishment that has done all it can to thwart their vote last November to reduce car-tab taxes, and they are responding with an agenda […]

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O’Ban: Early returns on I-976 send strong message to Sound Transit

Car-tab relief legislation could have satisfied voters before they turned to initiative process   OLYMPIA…Sen. Steve O’Ban issued the following statement regarding the early returns on Initiative-976, which lowers car-tab fees statewide to $30. For the past three years, Sen. O’Ban, R-Pierce County, has led the effort to bring car-tab relief to the counties that […]

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Schoesler welcomes new Senator from 10th Legislative District

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released the following statement welcoming Ron Muzzall, R- to the Senate as the new senator from the 10th Legislative District.   The 10th District includes all of Island County, as well as part of northwest Snohomish County and southwest Skagit County. The seat became available when Sen. Barbara Bailey, […]

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Senate Republican leadership: Illegal veto sets dangerous precedent, must not be allowed to stand

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican leadership issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit announced by the Washington State Legislature against Gov. Jay Inslee for an illegal veto of six single-sentence provisions in the state’s 2019-21 transportation budget (House Bill 1160).   The Senate Facilities & Operations Committee, along with the House Executive Rules Committee, voted unanimously […]

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Supreme Court accepts O’Ban amicus brief in Sound Transit case

OLYMPIA…The Supreme Court notified Sen. Steve O’Ban that it has accepted an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief filed by O’Ban and Sen. Mike Padden in a class-action lawsuit against Sound Transit.   The brief adds to the information that will be considered by the Court in Black v. Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, which contends […]

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The mugging of the taxpayers

Governor Inslee recently engaged in an amazing bit of revisionist history about his role in negotiating a reduction in tax rates for Washington’s aerospace industry. Back in November 2013 he called the agreement “great news for every Washingtonian.” Now, maybe to appeal to the far-left Sanders-Sawant crowd, he compares the negotiations to being mugged. If […]

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Statement: Sen. Mark Schoesler on today’s World Trade Organization ruling regarding Washington State subsidies for Boeing

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, offered the following statement in response to the ruling issued by the World Trade Organization that the tax breaks Washington State provided to Boeing unfairly benefited the company against its competitors. “The WTO previously ruled that Airbus benefited from $22 billion in illegal subsidies. Today, the WTO ruled that Boeing […]

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