Republican leader: ‘challenges’

— According to Washington State Senate Republican leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, The 2018 legislative session poses an enormous challenge for the state.

“For the first time since 2012, a single party controls the House, the Senate and the governor’s mansion – and it’s not ours,” he said.

“More than ever,” he added, “our colleagues are dominated by an elite-Seattle we-know-better outlook that ignores the rest of the state. We have seen it in demands for higher taxes and policies that discourage manufacturing jobs.”

Schoesler said extremist ideology is seizing the state’s largest and most affluent city, and the Emerald City Curtain rises higher and higher.

Schoesler said the Emerald Curtain has blinded urban leaders to the difficulties the rest of the state faces.

“Many seem to think no environmental regulation can ever go too far, no matter how absurd, or how costly to people living hundreds of miles away,” he said.

Schoesler said the state got a taste this summer when the Seattle City Council passed an income tax, in violation of state law. Liberal leaders were trying to force their view on a state that has said no time and again.

“It was merely a clumsier version of an effort we have seen in the Legislature these last several years,” Schoesler said. “Most of our colleagues advocate an income tax on capital gains – a starter tax that inevitably will lead to a broader income tax and dig deeper into everyone’s pockets.”

Schoesler said Republicans restored discipline to the budgeting process, cut tuition, and built a fairer school financing system. There was no better measure of that success than the last two revenue forecasts, he said.

The projection is $1 billion in additional tax collections – all due to a stronger economy, without raising the tax burden statewide.


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