INITIATIVES

The Six-Pack: Initiatives to the Legislature

Fed up with the destructive and burdensome policies passed by the Democrat majority in the Washington State Legislature, citizens collected more than 2.3 million signatures to put six initiatives before the Legislature. 

Short: A half dozen initiatives make this ‘the year the people fight back’

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February 23, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: Sen. John Braun’s weekly video update from Olympia – budgets, initiatives and more

Sen. John Braun gives us a deeper look at the true impact of the initiatives to repeal the income tax on capital gains, the Climate Commitment Act and the long-term car payroll tax. The sky is not falling. We can afford to repeal these policies that are digging deep into taxpayers’ wallets and hurting the...
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February 21, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: I-2081 Parents have the right to know

Initiative 2081’s aim is for the state to recognize that parents are the primary stakeholder in their child’s upbringing.
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February 20, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

AUDIO: Braun: Pleased, disappointed three initiatives to get hearings

State Legislative Democrats agree to hold hearings on some of the initiatives, but many are asking, why not all of them? Tracy Ellis explains.
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February 20, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

Legislative Republican Leadership Media Availability

State Legislative Republicans – Sens. John Braun and Lynda Wilson and Reps. Drew Stokesbary and Chris Corry – hold a weekly media availability to discuss the very latest in the 2024 legislative session.
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February 19, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: I-2124 Opt Out of the Long-Term Care Payroll Tax

Initiative 2124 to the Legislature would allow you to opt out of the long-term care payroll tax. The tax is expensive and burdensome. The benefit is minimal. You can’t collect it if you retire in another state.
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February 16, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: Sen. John Braun with an update on the 2024 Legislative Session. Taxes, Education, and more

Sen. John Braun provides an update on where key bills from the Senate Republican Caucus stand in the legislative process.
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News from the Senators

February 26, 2024
Chris Gildon

Senate budget funds measures to combat fentanyl addiction, overdoses

OLYMPIA – Republican proposals to tackle skyrocketing fentanyl usage and overdose deaths in Washington state are funded in the operating budget passed by the Washington Senate Friday. The $71.6 billion budget bill contains funding for local law enforcement task forces, a public education campaign focused on opioids and tribal opioid prevention and recovery programs. The...
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February 13, 2024
Jeff Wilson

Senate votes to make ‘The Evergreen State’ Washington’s official nickname

OLYMPIA – With a vote Tuesday afternoon, the state Senate declared Washington to be “The Evergreen State” and attempted once again to clear up an oversight that dates back 131 years. It’s the second try for Senate Bill 5595, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. His bill passed the Senate last year, but did not...
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February 13, 2024
John Braun

Senate passes Wilson, Braun bills to tackle opioid addiction, overdose deaths

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s fast-rising rate of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are targeted by a pair of bills that emerged from the state Senate this week, sponsored by Sens. John Braun, R-Centralia and Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver. Both measures passed the Senate 49-0 and now move to the House. The bills launch a coordinated statewide...
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February 09, 2024
John Braun

Property tax increase bill dies, won’t get a vote

  OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, made the following comments in reaction to the announcement that the proposal to allow local governments to raise property taxes by up to 3% annually without a vote of the people is dead for this legislative session. The Democratic sponsor of Senate Bill 5770 told The Washington State...
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February 09, 2024
John Braun

Letter to Gov. Inslee regarding Green Hill School

Sent to Gov. Jay Inslee on Feb. 9, 2024   Governor Inslee, It’s no secret that the environment at Green Hill School in Chehalis has become extremely dangerous for students and staff. News reports have shown you claiming the situation at the facility is improving. The reports of repeated riots, multiple drug overdoses, smuggling of...
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February 06, 2024
Chris Gildon

Fentanyl education bill passes Senate committee as pills fall to 25 cents in Portland

OLYMPIA – A bill launching a public education campaign to prevent drug overdoses cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee before a key deadline Monday for passage of bills in the 2024 legislative session. Other elements of the ‘Recovery Washington’ package announced by Senate Republicans did not advance, but lawmakers said growing alarm in Oregon...
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69+ vehicles were damaged in a crime spree in Federal Way. Police were not allowed to pursuit the criminals due to state law from Legislative Democrats and Governor Jay Inslee (HB 1054 and HB 1310). They got away. I-2113 restores reasonable police pursuits. #RestorePublicSafety #waleg ... See MoreSee Less
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Laws emboldening criminals from Olympia Democrats have spiked crime and car insurance bills (HB 1054 in 2021). 430,000+ Republicans, Democrats, and Independents signed Initiative 2113 to repeal HB 1054. #RestorePublicSafety #waleg Sign in PRO on I-2113: ow.ly/hWvf50QI45O ... See MoreSee Less
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SRC On Air: Sen. John Braun talks to Lars Larson about the People's Initiatives to the Legislature that fight income taxes – I-2111 banning income taxes and I-2109 repealing the capital gains income tax. #GovernmentGreed #StopTheGreed #walegLISTEN: ow.ly/wH2P50QI17e ... See MoreSee Less
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