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Senate passes emergency-powers bill without Republican improvements OLYMPIA… Senate Republican Leader John Braun and Sen. Lynda Wilson, prime sponsor of two bipartisan bills to reform Washington’s emergency-powers law, offered this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 5909. The measure received a 29-20 vote, after amendments offered by Wilson, R-Vancouver, and Braun, R-Centralia, were turned down by... Read More...
Only fix for problematic long-term care tax is repeal, says Braun OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun introduced Senate Bill 5965, which would repeal the wildly unpopular long-term care trust program referred to as “Washington Cares.” It would also repeal the taxes employees are required to pay through payroll deductions. More than 400,000 people applied for exemptions to the plan – a... Read More...
Braun: Retiring Senator Reuven Carlyle kind, professional public servant OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun shared the following comments upon learning that Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-36th District, announced he does not plan to run for re-election this year. “Reuven has served a long and distinguished career both in the House and Senate. I’ve had many opportunities over the years to... Read More...
Proposal to slash in-person schooling alarming, says Braun One day a week of remote schooling without teacher contact a huge mistake OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun offered the following reaction upon hearing Senate Bill 5735, which would allow up to one day a week of school to be held remotely on a permanent basis, will receive a hearing... Read More...
STATEMENT — Republican leaders: Call special session to fix or repeal long-term care tax before tax collections begin Governor’s delay of ‘Washington Cares’ tax won’t prevent January deductions from paychecks OLYMPIA…In response to new information about how the governor’s delay of the long-term care tax won’t stop tax collections in January, Senate Republican Leader John Braun of Centralia and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm issued this... Read More...