Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As a member of the Tax Structure Work Group and the House Finance Committee, I wanted to make you aware of an important opportunity to make your voice heard this Wednesday, Oct. 13. The Tax Structure Work Group is hosting two virtual town halls. Residents living in Legislative Districts 2, 22, 23, 24, 26, 35 are invited to participate in these critical tax discussions. Meeting details and registration links are listed below.
The Tax Structure Work Group
The Tax Structure Work Group was created in 2017 “to identify options to make the Washington state tax code more equitable, adequate, stable and transparent.” I was selected to serve as one of only seven bipartisan committee members because of my professional background and experience. In May, the group released six tax “scenarios,” including a plan to implement a personal income tax. These tax proposals will be presented and discussed during the town halls.
As many of you already know, the majority party has approved several tax increases in the past few years, including a new income tax on capital gains. Click here for a complete list of recent tax increases.
However, based on the state's current economic status, there is simply no good reason to raise taxes right now.
Despite the economic impact of the pandemic, our state's tax revenue forecast is incredibly strong. In fact, according to the most recent for forecast from the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, announced in September, the state expects a continuing trend of robust tax revenue collections.
If you are concerned about an income tax or want to discuss the need for tax relief, now is your opportunity to do so; the Tax Structure Work Group is looking for your input.
Click below to register and attend.
West Region: Legislative Districts: 2, 22, 23, 24, 26, 35
If you have any questions about the tax town halls, contact the workgroup at: firstname.lastname@example.org.