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February 07, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

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.
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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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February 05, 2024
John Braun

ALERT: Democrat bill to TRIPLE the increase in property tax

A bad bill Senate Democrats sponsored last year is being given a chance this year to move forward. Senate Bill 5770 would triple the 1% cap on the growth of local property taxes, taking $6 billion more of your money over the next 12 years. It is likely to come to the Senate floor for...
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February 02, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

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.
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January 31, 2024
Jeff Wilson

Defeat of signature-gatherer bill demonstrates ‘attitude problem’ about initiatives, Wilson says

  OLYMPIA – A bill that would have put teeth in a state law preventing harassment of initiative signature-gatherers died Tuesday in the state Senate when Democratic leaders on the Senate State Government and Elections Committee refused to allow a vote. Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, the bill’s sponsor, calls it a clear demonstration of a...
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January 26, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

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
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January 25, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

Legislative Republicans support ban to prohibit a personal income tax

Click here for a timeline of the 11 voter rejections of an income tax in Washington state.  OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, released the following statement in response to the certification of I-2111, which would enact a ban that would prohibit any level of government from imposing...
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January 25, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

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.
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January 24, 2024
Chris Gildon

Republican senators take aim at opioid crisis with ‘Recovery Washington’ drug-treatment package

See press conference on TVW at the following link: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?clientID=9375922947&eventID=2024011527 OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans are calling for a stronger response to Washington’s opioid crisis with a package of bills aimed at preventing overdoses, coordinating state efforts to promote treatment and recovery, and restoring funding for multijurisdictional law enforcement drug task forces. The ‘Recovery Washington’ package...
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January 18, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: Senate Republican Leader John Braun provides an update on the 2024 Legislative Session

Senate Republican Leader John Braun, 20th Legislative District, shares information about the bills and initiatives before the Washington State Legislature this legislative session. Critical items that would help undo damage done by majority Democrat policies.
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January 18, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

Republican leaders support Initiative 2117 to repeal carbon tax, call for public hearings on the measure

Senate Republican Leader John Braun and House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary released a joint statement today following the certification of Initiative 2117 (Concerning carbon tax credit trading) by the Secretary of State on Tuesday. “Governor Inslee and Democrats misled the public about the costs of the carbon tax on working families, farmers and small businesses. Now...
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January 17, 2024
Senate Republican Caucus

VIDEO: Democrat bill (SB 5770) triples increase in property tax rate

Governments in Washington now can collect 1% more annually in property tax without having to seek voter approval. SB 5770 would allow that increase to be as much as 3%. This is forecast to raise taxes by $12 billion over the next 10 years.
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