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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last few years, the majority party in Olympia has raised taxes by more than $11.5 billion including a new income tax on capital gains.

Washingtonians now have the opportunity to make their voice heard on tax policy and potentially tax relief in Washington state.

In 2017, the Tax Structure Work Group (TSWG) was created “to identify options to make the Washington state tax code more equitable, adequate, stable and transparent.” The TSWG has recently started their virtual Tax Town Halls across Washington state to hear from individual taxpayers and employers.

On Wednesday, there are two virtual tax town hall meetings for our region.

Central Region | Legislative Districts: 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Register here
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Register here

As you know, views on our state's tax structure and tax policy differ considerably. The work group released six tax scenarios earlier this spring, including two scenarios that would implement a personal income tax, which concerns many citizens in Washington state. The tax scenarios will be presented during the tax town halls. This is a great opportunity for you to speak up about the advantages and disadvantages of our tax structure, as well as discuss tax relief for the working families in Washington.

You may recall, in February 2020, state tax collections were at a record high. They have remained resilient through the pandemic. In fact, last week the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced the September revenue forecast continues a trend of strong tax revenue collections. I hope you can participate. If you have questions you can contact the workgroup at: info@taxworkgroup.org.

Redistricting

The Washington State Redistricting Commission unveiled their four proposed maps for state legislative districts on Tuesday. There is a public outreach meeting coming up for those who wish to share their thoughts on the proposals. The details are below:

To register for the meeting click here. If you intend to provide public comment at the virtual meeting please review these step-by-step instructions.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,


Bruce Chandler

State Representative Bruce Chandler, 15th Legislative District
RepresentativeBruceChandler.com
427B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7960 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000