Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the bipartisan Tax Structure Work Group (TSWG) will be holding a virtual tax town hall for residents of several legislative districts, including the 25th.
South/East Puget Sound Region | Legislative Districts: 5, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 41, 45, 47, 48
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Sign up here
The TSWG is comprised of state lawmakers, as well as representatives from the Governor's Office, the Washington State Department of Revenue, the Washington State Association of Counties, and the Association of Washington Cities. The goal of tonight's town hall is for the TSWG to hear from individual taxpayers and business owners regarding the state's tax structure in order to make informed recommendations on potential changes going forward. You can learn more here.
While House Republicans have been looking to cut taxes, Gov. Inslee and legislative Democrats have chosen to ignore the will of the people and pass new taxes over the last three years – including a payroll tax and an income tax on capital gains. That's unfortunate because Washingtonians have repeatedly voiced their strong opposition to new and higher taxes, including again last night. From KING 5 News:
“An advisory vote on Washington state's new capital gains tax on high-profit assets was failing after an initial round of election results were released Nov. 2. Advisory Vote 37 is meant to gauge public opinion.
About 63% of voters say the measure should be repealed, and 37% say it should be maintained. The Washington State Legislature imposed the tax, without voter approval, earlier this year. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the tax into law in May 2021.”
For our part, House Republicans will continue speaking out against tax increases and actively supporting tax cuts during the 2022 legislative session, which begins January 10.
Please continue reaching out to me with any comments, questions or concerns you have. My email address is Kelly.Chambers@leg.wa.gov, and my district office number is (360) 746-3670.
It is an honor to serve you.