News from the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VIDEO: I-2109 and I-2111 End Income Taxes
The fight against income taxes is heating up with two initiatives to the state legislature. Initiative 2109 would repeal the capital gains income tax. Initiative 2111 would ban all state and local income taxes.
VIDEO: Sen. Nikki Torres on AL PUNTO on Univision
She worked with her parents in the fields; now she’s the first Latina state Senator from Central Washington.
VIDEO: State Senate Republican Caucus news conference on bill expected to raise property taxes and rents
SB 5770 would triple the allowable property tax growth rate for local governments from 1% to 3%, costing taxpayers $6 billion over the next 12 years. It will raise property taxes AND it will raise rents, which renters can’t afford during Washington’s affordable housing crisis.
AUDIO: Property-tax hike most destructive bill this session
Higher property taxes and rents could be on the way if legislation headed to the state Senate floor eventually becomes law. Tracy Ellis reports the bill triples the allowable property tax growth rate for local governments.
VIDEO: Initiative 2117 Repeal Cap-and-Tax
Initiative 2117 would repeal the state cap-and-trade scheme known as the Climate Commitment Act enacted by Democrats. Governor Jay Inslee claimed any effect on gas prices from the policy would be ‘minimal’ or ‘pennies.’ It’s estimated that cap-and-tax has increased Washington’s gas costs by as much as 50 cents a gallon.
VIDEO: Initiative 2113 Police Pursuits
Restores the authority of a peace officer to engage in a vehicular pursuit when there is reasonable suspicion a person has violated the law and the officer follows appropriate safety standards
VIDEO: Sen. John Braun talks about a ban on natural gas, taxes, and initiatives to the Legislature.
Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, gives us an update on the 2024 Legislative Session. He explains a House bill that would ban the use of natural gas, a policy that could be dangerous in cold snaps. He also discusses important and costly tax bills, and the initiatives that are before the Legislature.