Taxes: Expect these hits to your wallet
Protecting you, the taxpayer, from unnecessary and unreasonable taxes has always been one of my primary goals as your senator. You should get to keep as much of the money you earn as possible. And the state should spend wisely any money it collects from you in taxes.
This session, we are seeing a tremendous tax burden being pushed through the Legislature. This includes an income tax on capital gains, higher property taxes, a sales tax increase, a 70% increase to our gas taxes, a tax that would raise the cost of home heating fuel, and even taxes on bicycles and woodstoves.
You deserve to know how these will affect you — what impact they will have on your life. As we go through the rest of session, I’ll include tidbits of information about these taxes in my newsletters, along with a summary of how they would affect a typical Washington citizen.
Week One of the 2019 Taxapalooza:
Those who argue that our tax system is the most regressive in the country rely on a biased report from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, which is the research arm of the biased Citizens for Tax Justice. Its main goal is to promote a full income tax in all states. The unifying feature of states on their “regressive” list is that they don’t have an income tax. And why don’t we? It’s unconstitutional AND Washington voters have rejected an income tax NINE times.
Let’s look at how these taxes would affect Charlotte from Federal Way:
Can YOU afford to pay the government another $2,000 every year?
Telemedicine bills moving forward
I’m so pleased to report that all four of my telemedicine bills this session passed in the Senate and are now headed to the House of Representatives for consideration.
I’m especially proud of Senate Bill 5389. It would provide training for school staff to recognize the signs of kids at risk of committing violence or suicide and would provide telemedicine stations where students can receive mental health-care on the spot.
Click on the bill to learn more.
Senate Bill 5385: Requires that physicians be paid at the same rate for telemedicine services as if they had provided the services in person.
Senate Bill 5386: Provides additional telemedicine training for care providers.
Senate Bill 5387: Allows facilities providing telemedicine services to rely on a distant facility’s granting of credentials and privileges to physicians providing care.
Watch my video update
Results on the criminal justice survey
Thank you to those who took my survey on criminal justice. This is always a timely topic. But this session, it’s at the forefront with bills that seek to repeal the death penalty, take the teeth out of the “Three Strikes” law, put dangerous criminals back on the street after only 15 years and educate prisoners for free.
Where do the people of the 2nd Legislative District stand? Take a look at the numbers.
Thank you to this week’s Senate page!
Thank you to Alexander Vance from Spanaway for doing such a great job as a Senate page this week! He is a 9th grader at Graham Kapowsin High School.