Dear Friends and Neighbors,
One issue I consistently hear about from folks in the 16th District is how unaffordable living in Washington state has become, especially when it comes to the constant rise in taxes.
The Legislature has raised taxes the last three years, including, but not limited to, a new payroll tax set to begin in January, a new income tax on capital gains, and the steady increase in transportation-related taxes. The type and scope of taxes is a constant conversation in Olympia.
There is an opportunity before you to voice your questions and concerns regarding the state's tax structure. I encourage everyone to attend one of two sessions of The Tax Structure Work Group's virtual tax town hall. Details are below, including the Zoom link to sign-up.
The Tax Structure Work Group (TSWG) is holding seven town halls around the state, beginning Sept. 22 and ending Nov. 3. You can find the details, including the breakdown of legislative districts by clicking here.
The Washington State Legislature established the TSWG to identify options to make the Washington State tax code more equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent. As of 2019, the TSWG is comprised of bipartisan Washington State legislators, as well as representatives from the Governor's Office, Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Association of Counties, and Association of Washington Cities. The TSWG facilitates public discussions throughout the state about the advantages and disadvantages of the state's current and potential tax structure to inform recommendations to improve Washington State's tax structure to benefit individuals, families, and businesses in Washington State.
If you have further questions or thoughts, please continue to reach out to my office.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve you!