Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Since 2019, majority Democrats in the Legislature have increased taxes by more than $11.5 billion. This is despite record state tax collections the last three legislative sessions and an influx of federal stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Check out this website for details of those tax increases.
Now, you have an opportunity to speak up for tax relief and against a state income tax! A 2017 budget proviso created the Tax Structure Work Group “to identify options to make the Washington state tax code more equitable, adequate, stable and transparent.”
The Tax Structure Work Group is holding seven virtual town halls around the state in which they will be hearing what citizens have to say about state taxes. The first town halls for the East Region, which includes Legislative Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 16, will be held tomorrow, Sept. 22. The first one is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can sign up for the afternoon session here. The second one is being held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sign up for the evening session here. You can also see the entire schedule of tax town halls here.
According to the Tax Structure Work Group's website, the virtual Tax Town Hall agenda includes: purpose and goals of the Tax Structure Work Group; background information on the current state tax structure; and interactive breakout sessions where participants explore scenarios for changes to the state tax structure and share their feedback.
I highly encourage you to attend and make your views known. Your voice may help to shape future tax policies in our state.
For more information, visit the Tax Structure Work Group website.