This week, Mariya Frost from the Washington Policy Center joins Chairman Heimlich to discuss WSDOT staffing issues and the impact of Governor Inslee’s vaccine mandate on mountain pass closures, right as Holiday season travel ramps up.

https://soundcloud.com/user-450836972/wagop-report-wpcs-mariya-frost-on-wsdot-staff-shortages-and-pass-closures

The pressure is mounting on Democrats over the widely unpopular Long-Term Care Tax. Democrats are now trying to delay implementation but this onerous tax needs to be made completely optional, like what I-1436 calls for.

https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/2021-12-02/inslee-offers-support-for-temporary-delay-in-new-payroll-tax-for-long-term-care-program

Read some of the personal stories highlighting how deeply flawed the Long-Term Care Tax is. This legislation directly takes of advantage of couples nearing retirement age and those that work in Washington but live out-of-state.

https://src.wastateleg.org/public-feedback-long-term-care-act/

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift this year? Inslee window clings are back and they make for great gifts or a conversation piece at family gatherings!

Get your Inslee clings here: https://secure.anedot.com/wsrp/inslee-sticker

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Sen. Lynda Wilson: Costly new budget just signed by @GovInslee just made WA a more regressive place to live. People would have been far better off with the Republican approach…which offered tax relief, not new/higher taxes. #waleg #Washington #taxapalooza http://ow.ly/9vJ050EPQLJ

Jay Inslee on signing carbon legislation which has conservatively been estimated by respected consulting firms to raise the cost of gas by 95 cents/gal by 2028: “Don’t let anyone give you that swill that it is going to increase prices.” 2:07 pm 5/17/21 #waleg

And just like that, with a single-vote margin (25-24) and bipartisan opposition, an income tax passes off the Senate floor. Not an excise tax…an income tax. Something Washingtonians have voted down 10 times and still oppose according to a recent Elway Poll. #NoIncomeTax #waleg

For months conservatives have criticized WA Gov Inslee’s handling of the pandemic. But now even some Democrats are exasperated at the pace of reopening. As are some local officials. Here’s our story: https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/post/inslee-defends-reopening-plan-face-growing-frustration-including-fellow-democrats #COVID19 #wagov #waleg

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Today’s Capitol Buzz: Inslee, Democrats discuss delaying WA Cares long-term care payroll tax; Business owners worry about losing insurance coverage after repeat break-ins; Study: No intentional racial bias in WSP traffic stops. Read and subscribe: http://ow.ly/ohUk30s2Rvx #waleg

From @nwNewsNetwork: “…the Washington Supreme Court declined to take on the job of drafting new congressional and legislative maps. Instead, the court declared that the state’s Redistricting Commission had finished its work on time last month.” https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/2021-12-03/washington-supreme-court-says-redistricting-commission-met-its-deadline-declines-to-redo-maps

Senate Democrats are requesting that the new long-term care payroll tax be delayed until 2023. House Republicans are calling for its repeal. #waleg https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/inslee-washington-state-democrats-discuss-delaying-wa-cares-long-term-care-payroll-tax/

Today’s Capitol Buzz: Get ready to pay more for WA state workers’ comp insurance in 2022; Study: 6,100 nurses needed to fill vacancies in WA; Highway traffic has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, but transit still way down. Read and subscribe: http://ow.ly/sUzy30s2J2s #waleg

Local elected officials are speaking out against bills passed by Democrats in 2021. Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell: We will not sit by while criminals take advantage of weakened drug laws, lack of prosecutions & unnecessary restrictions. Story: http://ow.ly/jTUi30s2t0q #waleg

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