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Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a $54.4 billion state budget that would introduce a capital gains tax on stocks, bonds and other assets. The proposal would tax capital gains of over $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers at a rate of 9 percent. The tax would raise $975 million in revenue...
A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 11 representatives and introduced by House Minority...
A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat majority caucus chair, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, pre-filed SB 5079, titled The Native American voting rights act of Washington. “The Washington state...
Rep. Mike Steele has been selected to serve as the ranking member on the House Education Committee. For the past few years, the committee has been in the spotlight as it worked to reform K-12 education funding for the state. With the approval of a new K-12 salary allocation model at the close of...
WASHINGTON — As part of a larger mission of helping all taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, the Internal Revenue Service announced today its debut on Instagram, adding this platform to its social media portfolio. The IRSNews account instagram.com/irsnews will provide taxpayers...

Brett La Mar (left) of Lake Chelan Building Supply receives gavel from 2017 WBMA President Trent Withers of Withers Lumber in Woodburn, Oregon at their annual convention in Marysville.
OLYMPIA - Brett La Mar of Lake Chelan Building Supply in Manson, Wash. was elected President of Western  Building Material Association at its 116th Annual Convention and Building Products Showcase held November 6-8, 2018 in Marysville, Wash. Western Building Material Association is a regional trade...

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifies the results of the 2018 General Election in Olympia on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
OLYMPIA — More voters participated in the 2018 General Election in any Washington state midterm before, according to vote counts certified today by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that totaled 3,133,448 ballots. Statistics compiled by the Office of Secretary of State show that General Election turnout...
OLYMPIA – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on Nov. 20 in East Wenatchee. Call 509-885-9825 or go online to register on...
Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am honored to serve you and look forward to returning to Olympia in the new year. The 2019 legislative session begins January 14 and is scheduled for 105 days. In addition to passing bills, my colleagues and I will approve state budgets for the next two years. To help...

Transportation priorities in Chelan and Douglas counties - four key projects
Dear Friends and Neighbors, Transportation infrastructure is critical to our area’s economic growth and quality of life. Not only is having an efficient and effective transportation system important for getting our crops to market, it is important for safety. It is also becoming an increasing...

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