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WPC Analysis: National Health Care Reform Plan Will Have Troubling Consequences in WA


Analysis of the newly-minted national health care reform plan by WPC’s health care analyst Dr. Roger stark makes some startling findings about its impact in Washington:

  • The number of people on Medicaid will increase by 280,000 for a total cost of Medicaid to WA taxpayers in excess of $30 billion over the next 10 years.
  • 205,000 WA seniors will be forced out of Medicare Part C.
  • Because of the 21% cuts in Medicare reimbursements to providers, WA seniors will have a more difficult time finding a physician.
  • 130,000 WA residents have Health Savings Accounts. The new law restricts the amount they can contribute to their HSAs and because of limitations on high deductible insurance plans, may totally eliminate HSAs.
  • Between 300,000 – 480,000 people in Washington state will still lack health insurance.
  • The uninsured rate was 13.2% last year in Washington state. Half of these people are in the 18-34 year-old range. The new law will force 432,000 young healthy people into insurance they may not want, need, or be able to afford.

Read the full release online here.

Olympia Working Overtime to Destroy Us…


The Washington Legislature adjourned at 8:42 p.m. Thursday after a grueling 60-day regular session, but its hardest work might lie ahead in an overtime period.  Read the story HERE

I was hoping they would stop the torture, but it looks like more watchdogging until they’re OUT.

2010 WA Incumbents

March 11, 2010 1 comment

Here’s the list of incumbents for the Washington State 2010 elections.

 

Ninety-Five percent of these individuals need to be F-I-R-E-D, and I’ll be doing everything in my power to facilitate their swift removal from OUR house and OUR payrolls.

2010 Offices Subject To Election WASHINGTON STATE


147 Offices Open.
  Office (Term) Incumbent
United States
(Statewide)
 
U.S. Senator
(6-year term)
Patty Murray
 
U.S. Congressional District 1
(King*, Kitsap*, Snohomish*)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Jay Inslee
U.S. Congressional District 2
(Island, King*, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish*, Whatcom)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Rick Larsen
U.S. Congressional District 3
(Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania*, Thurston*, Wahkiakum)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Brian Baird
U.S. Congressional District 4
(Adams*, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania*, Yakima)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Doc Hastings
U.S. Congressional District 5
(Adams*, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. Congressional District 6
(Clallam, Grays Harbor*, Jefferson, Kitsap*, Mason, Pierce*)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Norm Dicks
U.S. Congressional District 7
(King*)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Jim McDermott
U.S. Congressional District 8
(King*, Pierce*)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Dave Reichert
U.S. Congressional District 9
(King*, Pierce*, Thurston*)
 
Representative
(2-year term)
Adam Smith
Legislative District 1
(King*, Snohomish*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Al O’Brien
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Mark Ericks
Legislative District 2
(Pierce*, Thurston*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jim McCune
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Tom Campbell
Legislative District 3
(Spokane*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Alex Wood
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Timm Ormsby
Legislative District 4
(Spokane*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Larry Crouse
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Matt Shea
Legislative District 5
(King*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jay Rodne
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Glenn Anderson
Legislative District 6
(Spokane*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Chris Marr
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Kevin Parker
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
John F. Driscoll
Legislative District 7
(Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan*, Pend Oreille, Spokane*, Stevens)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Bob Morton
 
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Shelly Short
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Joel Kretz
Legislative District 8
(Benton*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Jerome Delvin
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Brad Klippert
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Larry Haler
Legislative District 9
(Adams, Asotin, Franklin*, Garfield, Spokane*, Whitman)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Susan Fagan
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Joe Schmick
Legislative District 10
(Island, Skagit*, Snohomish*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Norma Smith
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Barbara Bailey
Legislative District 11
(King*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Zack Hudgins
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Bob Hasegawa
Legislative District 12
(Chelan, Douglas, Grant*, Okanogan*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Cary Condotta
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Mike Armstrong
Legislative District 13
(Grant*, Kittitas, Yakima*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Janéa Holmquist
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Judith (Judy) Warnick
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Bill Hinkle
Legislative District 14
(Yakima*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Norm Johnson
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Charles Ross
Legislative District 15
(Clark*, Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Jim Honeyford
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Bruce Chandler
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
David Taylor
Legislative District 16
(Benton*, Columbia, Franklin*, Walla Walla)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Maureen Walsh
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Terry R. Nealey
Legislative District 17
(Clark*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Tim Probst
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Deb Wallace
Legislative District 18
(Clark*, Cowlitz*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jaime Herrera
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Ed Orcutt
Legislative District 19
(Cowlitz*, Grays Harbor*, Pacific, Wahkiakum)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Dean Takko
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Brian E. Blake
Legislative District 20
(Lewis, Thurston*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Richard DeBolt
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Gary C. Alexander
Legislative District 21
(Snohomish*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Paull H. Shin
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Mary Helen Roberts
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Marko Liias
Legislative District 22
(Thurston*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Brendan Williams
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Sam Hunt
Legislative District 23
(Kitsap*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Sherry V. Appleton
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Christine Rolfes
Legislative District 24
(Clallam, Grays Harbor*, Jefferson)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Kevin Van De Wege
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Lynn Kessler
Legislative District 25
(Pierce*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Bruce Dammeier
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Dawn Morrell
Legislative District 26
(Kitsap*, Pierce*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Derek Kilmer
 
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jan Angel
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Larry Seaquist
Legislative District 27
(Pierce*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Dennis Flannigan
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Jeannie Darneille
Legislative District 28
(Pierce*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Troy Kelley
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Tami Green
Legislative District 29
(Pierce*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Rosa Franklin
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Steve Conway
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Steve Kirby
Legislative District 30
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Tracey J. Eide
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Mark Miloscia
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Skip Priest
Legislative District 31
(King*, Pierce*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Pam Roach
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Dan Roach
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Christopher Hurst
Legislative District 32
(King*, Snohomish*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Darlene Fairley
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Maralyn Chase
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Ruth Kagi
Legislative District 33
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Karen Keiser
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Tina L. Orwall
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Dave Upthegrove
Legislative District 34
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Joe McDermott
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Eileen L. Cody
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Sharon K. Nelson
Legislative District 35
(Grays Harbor*, Kitsap*, Mason, Thurston*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Tim Sheldon
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Kathy Haigh
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Fred Finn
Legislative District 36
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Reuven Carlyle
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Mary Lou Dickerson
Legislative District 37
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Adam Kline
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Sharon Tomiko Santos
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Eric Pettigrew
Legislative District 38
(Snohomish*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Jean Berkey
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
John R. McCoy
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Mike Sells
Legislative District 39
(King*, Skagit*, Snohomish*, Whatcom*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Dan Kristiansen
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Kirk Pearson
Legislative District 40
(San Juan, Skagit*, Whatcom*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Dave Quall
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Jeff Morris
Legislative District 41
(King*)
 
State Senator
(2-year unexpired term)
Randy Gordon
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Marcie Maxwell
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Judy Clibborn
Legislative District 42
(Whatcom*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Dale E. Brandland
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Doug Ericksen
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Kelli Linville
Legislative District 43
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Ed Murray
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jamie Pedersen
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Frank Chopp
Legislative District 44
(Snohomish*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Steve Hobbs
 
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Hans Dunshee
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Mike Hope
Legislative District 45
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Eric Oemig
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Roger Goodman
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Larry Springer
Legislative District 46
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Ken G. Jacobsen
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Scott White
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Phyllis G. Kenney
Legislative District 47
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Claudia Kauffman
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Geoff Simpson
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Pat Sullivan
Legislative District 48
(King*)
 
State Senator
(4-year term)
Rodney Tom
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Ross Hunter
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Deb Eddy
Legislative District 49
(Clark*)
 
State Representative Pos. 1
(2-year term)
Jim Jacks
 
State Representative Pos. 2
(2-year term)
Jim Moeller
Supreme Court
(Statewide)
 
Justice Position 1
(6-year term)
James M Johnson
 
Justice Position 5
(6-year term)
Barbara Madsen
 
Justice Position 6
(6-year term)
Richard Sanders
Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1
(King)
 
Judge Position 1
(6-year term)
C. Kenneth Grosse
 
Judge Position 2
(1-year unexpired term)
VACANT
Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 2
(Snohomish)
 
Judge Position 1
(6-year term)
Steven Dwyer
Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 1
(Pierce)
 
Judge Position 1
(6-year term)
Marywave Van Deren
Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 3
(Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum)
 
Judge Position 2
(6-year term)
C. C. Bridgewater
Court of Appeals, Division 3, District 1
(Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens)
 
Judge Position 1
(2-year unexpired term)
VACANT
Court of Appeals, Division 3, District 2
(Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Walla Walla, Whitman)
 
Judge Position 1
(6-year term)
Dennis J. Sweeney
 
Clark Superior Court
(Clark)
 
Judge Position 5
(2-year unexpired term)
Richard Melnick
 
King Superior Court
(King)
 
Judge Position 36
(2-year unexpired term)
VACANT
Pierce Superior Court
(Pierce)
 
Judge Position 9
(2-year unexpired term)
VACANT
San Juan Superior Court
(San Juan)
  Judge
(2-year unexpired term)
VACANT
* denotes partial County
 
   

Source: http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/PreviousElections/2010/general/Pages/2010OfficesSubjecttoElection.aspx?TextMode=true

Legislative Alert From WA CAN


Even as the regular legislative session winds down (a special session is likely on the horizon), legislators are still finding ways to make life difficult for taxpayers.
 
We thought the issue had blown over, but the Worker Privacy Act has somehow found its way back into the supplemental operating budget.
 
The Worker Privacy Act, (or Employer Gag Bill, as we like to call it) didn’t even make it on the table this legislative session. Instead, lawmakers decided to wait and see if a similar bill passed in Oregon last year would survive the legal challenges filed against it by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, political heat still emanating from 2009 gave legislators reason to put this bill on the shelf until things cool off.
 
Not only that, but our state AG issued a statement last July proclaiming that the bill is preempted by federal law which protects an employer’s freedom of expression as long as it doesn’t threaten punishment or promise benefit to an employee.
 
Just today, Jocelyn McCabe of AWB announced on their blog that upon reviewing the 2010 Senate operating budget proposal, AWB General Counsel Kris Tefft found a scaled-back version of the gag language inserted in a striking amendment by the House. The language would apply to employers or service providers who receive DSHS funding.
 
McCabe cites the troubling language of SB 6444 as the following:
 
“No employer, provider, or entity receiving state funds to provide long-term care services or services to the developmentally disabled may use these funds to assist, promote, or deter union organization.”
 
According to our own General Counsel, Mike Reitz, this bill is fraught with substantive and procedural problems.
 
“The legislature cannot amend substantive law in an appropriations bill, especially when the subject matter was previously contained within separate legislation that ultimately failed. The prohibition on ‘logrolling’ is to prevent the legislature from changing the law in a lengthy budget bill without adequate public review—which seems to be what the legislature is doing here,” Reitz says.
 
Please contact your legislators and ask them to reconsider voting in favor of a budget that contains this dangerous, restrictive language.  Our two main concerns:
 
1.  Employers should be able to openly dialog with their employees.  Government doesn’t have the right to dictate what they can and cannot say. 
 
2.  If this language is going to be placed into law, it shouldn’t be done in this manner.  Citizens need to have the opportunity to weigh in on how this will affect them in a public hearing.

  Please take a moment to contact your legislators – Find Your Legislators
-or-
Call the Legislative Hotline – 1-800-562-6000

Another Smug Face and Two Middle Fingers From Rep. Flannigan

March 9, 2010 4 comments

I received this email tonight and felt it worthy of posting for all to see.  I’ve removed the names and email addresses to protect the innocent.


 

The following message was sent out by Representative Dennis Flannigan, D-27th District, to several people in response to the heat he is taking regarding his failure to uphold the will of the people regarding I-960.

 

This really does indicate how arrogant the tax-and-spend Democrats in Olympia are.

 

L.S.

 


Thought you might want to see this response.  No – we no not live in his district, but interesting reply…..actually this is truly unbelievable!

 

I deleted the letter writers name before forwarding, not because he asked, but because I felt it should not be sent out to hundreds.  This is the very same response from Rep. Dennis Flannigan to several people who wrote him to say no to a state income tax: 

 

 

 

http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/members/flannigan/index.asp

Rep. Dennis Flannigan, serving the 27th District <http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/results.aspx?District=27>  

Serving portions of Tacoma and Fife in Pierce County.

Life as a representative is pretty cloistered. We’re down here; you’re out there. Maybe this website can keep us in touch.

Flannigan.Dennis@leg.wa.gov

 

From: Flannigan, Rep. Dennis [mailto:Flannigan.Dennis@leg.wa.gov <mailto:Flannigan.Dennis@leg.wa.gov?> ]
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 1:50 PM
To: D. F.
Cc: Forbes, Brad
Subject: RE: STOP SPENDING / NO NEW TAXES!!!!!! – OUR FIX

 

I appreciate your warm words of encouragement. I know you?ll work hard to defeat me. You should begin sending money to the anti-me campaign immediately. It will be well spent, and assure that I do not return to the legislature. Hurry, write that check, make it count. And, I appreciate your forwarding the same letter every other idiot is forwarding. Glad to have people who don?t think for themselves weigh in on such important issues. Since you live in Everett, I imagine you?ll be driving down daily to doorbell in my district. I?m so impressed with your ability to work all over the state from your cave in Snohomish County.

 

Dennis
______________________________________________ 

 

The Writer’s thoughts:

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU.  Who do you think we are that you can arrogantly ignore our will  You work for US not the state.  You are begging for a full scale tax revolt and it IS coming to Washington State.  You better start preparing a resume, because YOU are going to need a new job after the election.  Massachusetts and New Jersey should be a warning to you.  Maybe others won?t say it, but I will:  If you were and are complicit in the repeal of I-960 and passing new tax legislation you are a traitor towards the people you represent.  I have a 2100 person political mailing list for Washington residents who are as fed up as I am.  Here is what I am sending out today to all of them today:

 

 

Dear Patriots:

 

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new State Legislature is :

NEVER REELECT ANY TAX AND SPEND PROGRESSIVE INCUMBENT… AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

Most folks think I am too unreasonable in asking everyone to NEVER REELECT ANY TAX AND SPEND PROGRESSIVE INCUMBENT IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE. They think it’s an ‘extremist’ position. But that’s the whole point! Our State Legislature will never listen to us UNLESS we scare the heck out of them! To drive the point home, NEVER REELECT ANY TAX AND SPEND PROGRESSIVE INCUMBENT IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE, AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

The closer we get to a ‘Voter’s One-Term State Legislature’, the closer we’ll get to a ‘Citizen’s State Legislature’.

There is only one way to make this happen: The Washington voter must IMPOSE term limits on Our State Legislature by NEVER REELECTING TAX AND SPEND PROGRESSIVE INCUMBENT IN CONGRESS, AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

In other words, don’t let anyone serve more than one term. That’s the only way to teach them that the voter is the boss! The ‘one term limit’ can be eased AFTER citizens get control of Our State Legislature.

Our State Legislature will never allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment. Our only choice is to NEVER REELECT them. Any of them!

Remember too, it makes no difference who you vote for, as long as it is to NEVER REELECT A TAX AND SPEND PROGRESSIVE INCUMBENT.

I believe that even a little success in a campaign to NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE would move us a long way toward a revolutionary change in American politics, much like 1776. Some of the reasons in favor of this approach:

– It gives us a one-term, term limited State Legislature without using amendments
– It would be supported by 70% of the state who want term limits for our State so-called ‘representatives’.
– It is completely non-partisan
– It eliminates special interests from becoming entrenched. 
– It will save us billions in retirement benefits.
– If repeated, it ends career politicians dominating Our State Legislature 
– It opens the way to a ‘citizen State Legislature’
– It ends the seniority system that keeps freshmen powerless
– It doesn’t cost you any money. But you MUST vote! Just don’t vote for an incumbent
– It is the only guaranteed, infallible, unstoppable way to ‘Throw ALL the Bums Out’
– It takes effect immediately the day after Election Day
– If it doesn’t work, do it again and again! It will work eventually, I promise.

NEVER REELECT ANYONE IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE. AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION!

Pass this on to all you know who are fed-up with these arrogant elitist pinheads who lied to get elected and sold us out once there.

D.F.  Ph.D.

 

“…Tax hikes and anti-gun politics…”


The Washington Legislature appears to have reached a decision to have citizens here dispose of their income in the form of additional taxes……..

Say Hello To ESSB 6444, The Largest Tax Increase This State Has Ever Seen…


Senate Passage Notice for 6444 ESSB‏
From: OFM mi Tax and Fee Proposals (OFMmiTaxandFeeProposals@OFM.WA.GOV)
Sent: Mon 3/08/10 12:36 PM
To:  

ESSB 6444, titled AN ACT Relating to fiscal matters, has been passed by the Senate. The Office of Financial Management has identified Sections 205(1)(k); 206(16); 222(2); 222(6); 302(10); 402(7); 613(12); and 904(2) of this bill as requiring a ten-year projection of increased cost to the taxpayers or affected feepayers.

Authorization is provided for the following agencies to raise fees.

Department of Social and Health Services
Department of Health
Department of Ecology
Washington State Patrol
Department of Early Learning
All state agencies that send out renewal notices

For ease of viewing, the ten-year projection is available by clicking on the following link:
www.ofm.wa.gov/tax/eshb6444fees.pdf

The following legislators voted yea:

Senator Jean Berkey
Democrat
Everett
(360) 786-7674
Berkey.Jean@leg.wa.gov

Senator Lisa Brown
Democrat
Spokane
(360) 786-7604
Brown.Lisa@leg.wa.gov

Senator Tracey Eide
Democrat
Des Moines
(360) 786-7658
Eide.Tracey@leg.wa.gov

Senator Darlene Fairley
Democrat
Lk Forest Park
(360) 786-7662
Fairley.Darlene@leg.wa.gov

Senator Karen Fraser
Democrat
Olympia
(360) 786-7642
Fraser.Karen@leg.wa.gov

Senator Randy Gordon
Democrat
Bellevue
(360) 786-7641
GORDON_RA@leg.wa.gov

Senator James Hargrove
Democrat
Hoquiam
(360) 786-7646
Hargrove.Jim@leg.wa.gov

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen
Democrat
Camano Island
(360) 786-7618
Haugen.MaryMargaret@leg.wa.gov

Senator Ken Jacobsen
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7690
Jacobsen.Ken@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jim Kastama
Democrat
Puyallup
(360) 786-7648
Kastama.Jim@leg.wa.gov

Senator Claudia Kauffman
Democrat
Kent
(360) 786-7692
Kauffman.Claudia@leg.wa.gov

Senator Karen Keiser
Democrat
Des Moines
(360) 786-7664
Keiser.Karen@leg.wa.gov

Senator Adam Kline
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7688
Kline.Adam@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7670
Kohl-Welles.Jeanne@leg.wa.gov

Senator Chris Marr
Democrat
Spokane
(360) 786-7610
Marr.Chris@leg.wa.gov

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe
Democrat
Bothell
(360) 786-7600
McAuliffe.Rosemary@leg.wa.gov

Senator Joe McDermott
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7667
McDermott.Joe@leg.wa.gov

Senator Ed Murray
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7628
Murray.Edward@leg.wa.gov

Senator Eric Oemig
Democrat
Kirkland
(360) 786-7672
Oemig.Eric@leg.wa.gov

Senator Margarita Prentice
Democrat
Seattle
(360) 786-7616
Prentice.Margarita@leg.wa.gov

Senator Craig Pridemore
Democrat
Vancouver
(360) 786-7696
Pridemore.Craig@leg.wa.gov

Senator Kevin Ranker
Democrat
Bellingham
(360) 786-7678
Ranker.Kevin@leg.wa.gov

Senator Debbie Regala
Democrat
Tacoma
(360) 786-7652
Regala.Debbie@leg.wa.gov

Senator Phil Rockefeller
Democrat
Bainbridge Island
(360) 786-7644
Rockefeller.Phil@leg.wa.gov

Senator Paull Shin
Democrat
Mukilteo
(360) 786-7640
Shin.Paull@leg.wa.gov

The following legislators voted nay:

Senator Randi Becker
Republican
Eatonville
(360) 786-7602
Becker.Randi@leg.wa.gov

Senator Don Benton
Republican
Vancouver
(360) 786-7632
Benton.Don@leg.wa.gov

Senator Dale Brandland
Republican
Bellingham
(360) 786-7682
Brandland.Dale@leg.wa.gov

Senator Mike Carrell
Republican
Tacoma
(360) 786-7654
Carrell.Michael@leg.wa.gov

Senator Rosa Franklin
Democrat
Tacoma
(360) 786-7656
Franklin.Rosa@leg.wa.gov

Senator Mike Hewitt
Republican
Walla Walla
(360) 786-7630
Hewitt.Mike@leg.wa.gov

Senator Steve Hobbs
Democrat
Lake Stevens
(360) 786-7686
Hobbs.Steve@leg.wa.gov

Senator Jim Honeyford
Republican
Sunnyside
(360) 786-7684
Honeyford.Jim@leg.wa.gov

Senator Derek Kilmer
Democrat
Gig Harbor
(360) 786-7650
Kilmer.Derek@leg.wa.gov

Senator Curtis King
Republican
Yakima
(360) 786-7626
King.Curtis@leg.wa.gov

Senator Bob Morton
Republican
Kettle Falls
(360) 786-7612
Morton.Bob@leg.wa.gov

Senator Linda Evans Parlette
Republican
Wenatchee
(360) 786-7622
Parlette.Linda@leg.wa.gov

Senator Cheryl Pflug
Republican
Maple Valley
(360) 786-7608
Pflug.Cheryl@leg.wa.gov

Senator Pam Roach
Republican
Auburn
(360) 786-7660
Roach.Pam@leg.wa.gov

Senator Mark Schoesler
Republican
Ritzville
(360) 786-7620
Schoesler.Mark@leg.wa.gov

Senator Tim Sheldon
Democrat
Hoodsport
(360) 786-7668
Sheldon.Timothy@leg.wa.gov

Senator Val Stevens
Republican
Arlington
(360) 786-7676
Stevens.Val@leg.wa.gov

Senator Rodney Tom
Democrat
Medina
(360) 786-7694
Tom.Rodney@leg.wa.gov

Senator Joseph Zarelli
Republican
Ridgefield
(360) 786-7634
Zarelli.Joseph@leg.wa.gov

The following legislators were excused:

Senator Jerome Delvin
Republican
Richland
(360) 786-7614
Delvin.Jerome@leg.wa.gov

Senator Brian Hatfield
Democrat
Raymond
(360) 786-7636
Hatfield.Brian@leg.wa.gov

Senator Janéa Holmquist
Republican
Moses Lake
(360) 786-7624
Holmquist.Janea@leg.wa.gov

Senator Bob McCaslin
Republican
Veradale
(360) 786-7606
McCaslin.Bob@leg.wa.gov

Senator Dan Swecker
Republican
Rochester
(360) 786-7638
Swecker.Dan@leg.wa.gov

Legislative Bill Information Website: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

WA Gubmnt Claims To Be “Non-Partisan”!


Are WE to trust this “Senate Ways and Means Committee”?

NOT.

http://www.leg.wa.gov/senate/Committees/wm/Pages/default.aspx

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Alexander, Gary R 20 JLOB 407 (360) 786-7990 alexander.gary@leg.wa.gov Barb Peters
Anderson, Glenn R 5 JLOB 412 (360) 786-7876 anderson.glenn@leg.wa.gov Katie Schiewetz
Angel, Jan R 26 JLOB 420 (360) 786-7964 angel.jan@leg.wa.gov Debbie Austin
Appleton, Sherry D 23 JLOB 424 (360) 786-7934 appleton.sherry@leg.wa.gov Donna Bezon
Armstrong, Mike R 12 LEG 426A (360) 786-7832 armstrong.mike@leg.wa.gov Wanda Brosey
Bailey, Barbara R 10 JLOB 406 (360) 786-7914 bailey.barbara@leg.wa.gov Adam McCrow
Blake, Brian D 19 JLOB 331 (360) 786-7870 blake.brian@leg.wa.gov Barb Westrick
Campbell, Tom R 2 JLOB 334 (360) 786-7912 campbell.tom@leg.wa.gov Liz Merrick
Carlyle, Reuven D 36 JLOB 326 (360) 786-7814 carlyle.reuven@leg.wa.gov Bryan Bissell
Chandler, Bruce R 15 LEG 427B (360) 786-7960 chandler.bruce@leg.wa.gov Melinda Woods
Chase, Maralyn D 32 JLOB 433 (360) 786-7880 chase.maralyn@leg.wa.gov Marylyn Hawkins
Chopp, Frank D 43 LEG 339C (360) 786-7920 chopp.frank@leg.wa.gov Alex Hur
Clibborn, Judy D 41 JLOB 435 (360) 786-7926 clibborn.judy@leg.wa.gov Ann Lewis
Cody, Eileen D 34 JLOB 337 (360) 786-7978 cody.eileen@leg.wa.gov Holly Mortlock
Condotta, Cary R 12 LEG 122B (360) 786-7954 condotta.cary@leg.wa.gov Kurt Hammond
Conway, Steve D 29 JLOB 307 (360) 786-7906 conway.steve@leg.wa.gov Kimberlie Lelli
Crouse, Larry R 4 LEG 425A (360) 786-7820 crouse.larry@leg.wa.gov Scott Staley
Dammeier, Bruce R 25 JLOB 421 (360) 786-7948 dammeier.bruce@leg.wa.gov Brian Hardtke
Darneille, Jeannie D 27 LEG 436B (360) 786-7974 darneille.j@leg.wa.gov Nancy Ryan
DeBolt, Richard R 20 LEG 335C (360) 786-7896 debolt.richard@leg.wa.gov Catherine Word
Dickerson, Mary Lou D 36 JLOB 302 (360) 786-7860 dickerson.marylou@leg.wa.gov Melissa Bailey
Driscoll, John D 6 LEG 122E (360) 786-7962 driscoll.john@leg.wa.gov Meghan Quinn
Dunshee, Hans D 44 JLOB 239 (360) 786-7804 dunshee.hans@leg.wa.gov Ann Holm
Eddy, Deborah D 48 LEG 132D (360) 786-7848 eddy.deborah@leg.wa.gov Paula Rehwaldt
Ericks, Mark D 1 JLOB 203 (360) 786-7900 ericks.mark@leg.wa.gov Heather Maxwell
Ericksen, Doug R 42 LEG 425B (360) 786-7980 ericksen.doug@leg.wa.gov Sandy Ruff
Fagan, Susan § R 9 JLOB 439 (360)786-7942 fagan.susan@leg.wa.gov Melanie Hisaw
Finn, Fred D 35 JLOB 430 (360) 786-7902 finn.fred@leg.wa.gov Jane McCann
Flannigan, Dennis D 27 JLOB 335 (360) 786-7930 flannigan.dennis@leg.wa.gov Brad Forbes
Goodman, Roger D 45 JLOB 320 (360) 786-7878 goodman.roger@leg.wa.gov Maxima Patashnik
Green, Tami D 28 JLOB 327 (360) 786-7958 green.tami@leg.wa.gov Michelle Butler
Haigh, Kathy D 35 JLOB 431 (360) 786-7966 haigh.kathy@leg.wa.gov Kim Moores
Haler, Larry R 8 LEG 122D (360) 786-7986 haler.larry@leg.wa.gov Jan Swenson
Hasegawa, Bob D 11 JLOB 425 (360) 786-7862 hasegawa.bob@leg.wa.gov Marissa Chavez
Herrera, Jaime R 18 JLOB 416 (360) 786-7850 herrera.jaime@leg.wa.gov Keith Bundy
Hinkle, Bill R 13 JLOB 401 (360) 786-7808 hinkle.bill@leg.wa.gov Victoria Angelini
Hope, Mike R 44 LEG 122C (360) 786-7892 hope.mike@leg.wa.gov Teri Jo Countryman
Hudgins, Zack D 11 LEG 438A (360) 786-7956   Elizabeth Hummel
Hunt, Sam D 22 LEG 438B (360) 786-7992 hunt.sam@leg.wa.gov Meagan Arndt
Hunter, Ross D 48 JLOB 330 (360) 786-7936 hunter.ross@leg.wa.gov Marilyn Pedersen
Hurst, Christopher D 31 JLOB 314 (360) 786-7866 hurst.christopher@leg.wa.gov Dru Swaim
Jacks, Jim D 49 JLOB 322 (360) 786-7924 jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov Megan Walsh
Johnson, Norm R 14 JLOB 414 (360) 786-7810 johnson.norm@leg.wa.gov Michele Smith
Kagi, Ruth D 32 JLOB 328 (360) 786-7910 kagi.ruth@leg.wa.gov Allison Krutsinger
Kelley, Troy D 28 JLOB 319 (360) 786-7890 kelley.troy@leg.wa.gov Alison Baur
Kenney, Phyllis D 46 JLOB 428 (360) 786-7818 kenney.phyllis@leg.wa.gov Terra Rose
Kessler, Lynn D 24 LEG 339A (360) 786-7904 kessler.lynn@leg.wa.gov Samantha Casne
Kirby, Steve D 29 JLOB 432 (360) 786-7996 kirby.steve@leg.wa.gov Christel Mason-Gillespie
Klippert, Brad R 8 JLOB 436 (360) 786-7882 klippert.brad@leg.wa.gov Mike Wallin
Kretz, Joel R 7 LEG 335A (360) 786-7988 kretz.joel@leg.wa.gov Jessica McCarthy
Kristiansen, Dan R 39 LEG 427A (360) 786-7967 kristiansen.dan@leg.wa.gov Brenda Glenn
Liias, Marko D 21 JLOB 434 (360) 786-7972 liias.marko@leg.wa.gov Paige DeChambeau
Linville, Kelli D 42 JLOB 204 (360) 786-7854 linville.kelli@leg.wa.gov Adrienne Stuart
Maxwell, Marcie D 41 JLOB 324 (360) 786-7894 maxwell.marcie@leg.wa.gov Robert Knoll
McCoy, John D 38 LEG 132A (360) 786-7864 mccoy.john@leg.wa.gov Lacey Harper
McCune, Jim R 2 JLOB 413 (360) 786-7824 mccune.jim@leg.wa.gov Amy Cruver
Miloscia, Mark D 30 LEG 437A (360) 786-7898 miloscia.mark@leg.wa.gov LeAnne Horn
Moeller, Jim D 49 LEG 436A (360) 786-7872 moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov Maureen Gallegos
Morrell, Dawn D 25 LEG 434B (360) 786-7968 morrell.dawn@leg.wa.gov Nancy Parsons
Morris, Jeff D 40 LEG 430 (360) 786-7970 morris.jeff@leg.wa.gov Caron Benedetti
Nealey, Terry § R 16 JLOB 402 (360) 786-7828 nealey.terry@leg.wa.gov Meagan Allen
Nelson, Sharon D 34 JLOB 338 (360) 786-7952 nelson.sharon@leg.wa.gov Joe Fitzgibbon
O’Brien, Al D 1 JLOB 429 (360) 786-7928 obrien.al@leg.wa.gov Jeanneil Marzan
Orcutt, Ed R 18 JLOB 415 (360) 786-7812 orcutt.ed@leg.wa.gov Amber York
Ormsby, Timm D 3 LEG 122F (360) 786-7946 ormsby.timm@leg.wa.gov Shannon Waechter
Orwall, Tina D 33 JLOB 332 (360) 786-7834 orwall.tina@leg.wa.gov Mary Soderlind
Parker, Kevin R 6 JLOB 404 (360) 786-7922 parker.kevin@leg.wa.gov Ben Oakley
Pearson, Kirk R 39 LEG 132C (360) 786-7816 pearson.kirk@leg.wa.gov Cameron Bailey
Pedersen, Jamie D 43 JLOB 318 (360) 786-7826 pedersen.jamie@leg.wa.gov Katy Buck
Pettigrew, Eric D 37 LEG 122H (360) 786-7838 pettigrew.eric@leg.wa.gov April Dickinson
Priest, Skip R 30 LEG 122A (360) 786-7830 priest.skip@leg.wa.gov Steve Cain
Probst, Tim D 17 JLOB 325 (360) 786-7994 probst.tim@leg.wa.gov Steven Sparks
Quall, Dave D 40 JLOB 301 (360) 786-7800 quall.dave@leg.wa.gov Rita Sullivan
Roach, Dan R 31 LEG 426B (360) 786-7846 roach.dan@leg.wa.gov Tammi Lewis
Roberts, Mary Helen D 21 JLOB 315 (360) 786-7950 roberts.maryhelen@leg.wa.gov Dan Hagen
Rodne, Jay R 5 JLOB 437 (360) 786-7852 rodne.jay@leg.wa.gov Kate Cooper
Rolfes, Christine D 23 JLOB 336 (360) 786-7842 rolfes.christine@leg.wa.gov Sarah Miller
Ross, Charles R 14 JLOB 418 (360) 786-7856 ross.charles@leg.wa.gov Tawnya Smith
Santos, Sharon Tomiko D 37 LEG 434A (360) 786-7944 santos.sharon@leg.wa.gov Tia Durham
Schmick, Joe R 9 JLOB 419 (360) 786-7844 schmick.joe@leg.wa.gov Pam Kentner
Seaquist, Larry D 26 JLOB 317 (360) 786-7802 seaquist.larry@leg.wa.gov Oriana Futrell
Sells, Mike D 38 LEG 132B (360) 786-7840 sells.mike@leg.wa.gov JoAnn Chapman
Shea, Matt R 4 JLOB 405 (360) 786-7984 shea.matt@leg.wa.gov James Robinson
Short, Shelly R 7 JLOB 422 (360) 786-7908 short.shelly@leg.wa.gov Jacquelin Maycumber
Simpson, Geoff D 47 JLOB 426 (360) 786-7918 simpson.geoff@leg.wa.gov Norma Wallace
Smith, Norma R 10 JLOB 417 (360) 786-7884 smith.norma@leg.wa.gov Brad Sherman
Springer, Larry D 45 LEG 132E (360) 786-7822 springer.larry@leg.wa.gov Kelly Rider
Sullivan, Pat D 47 LEG 122G (360) 786-7858 sullivan.pat@leg.wa.gov Lesley Roberts
Takko, Dean D 19 JLOB 323 (360) 786-7806 takko.dean@leg.wa.gov Darci Miller
Taylor, David R 15 JLOB 438 (360) 786-7874 taylor.david@leg.wa.gov Stephanie Pishue
Upthegrove, Dave D 33 JLOB 333 (360) 786-7868 upthegrove.dave@leg.wa.gov Rachel Smith
Van De Wege, Kevin D 24 JLOB 316 (360) 786-7916 vandewege.kevin@leg.wa.gov Linda Barnfather
Wallace, Deb D 17 LEG 429 (360) 786-7976 wallace.deb@leg.wa.gov Meagan Sharp
Walsh, Maureen R 16 JLOB 423 (360) 786-7836 walsh.maureen@leg.wa.gov Marge Plumage
Warnick, Judy R 13 JLOB 403 (360) 786-7932 warnick.judy@leg.wa.gov Kyle Lynch
White, Scott D 46 JLOB 321 (360) 786-7886 white.scott@leg.wa.gov Jon Rudicil
Williams, Brendan D 22 LEG 132F (360) 786-7940 williams.brendan@leg.wa.gov Katrina Thiessen
Wood, Alex D 3 LEG 437B (360) 786-7888 wood.alex@leg.wa.gov Miriam Bausch
             
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Legislators Want Voter Opinion? NOT

March 5, 2010 4 comments

This article, from the Olympian, was posted just today, after the drill yesterday to introduce the bill around noon and hold a ways and means hearing on it at 4:30 yesterday.

I wonder if they really want our “voter opinions”.

Legislator wants voter opinions on income tax

Referendum: Measure would target high-income residents

RACHEL LA CORTE; The Associated Press | • Published March 05, 2010

  • Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown wants voters to weigh in on the idea of an income tax on high earners.

In a blog posting on Thursday, the Spokane Democrat suggested that the Legislature pass the Senate Democrats’ temporary three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase proposal and that it take effect immediately. But Brown also suggested that the Senate should pass a bill sponsored by Sen. Rosa Franklin, a referendum that would ask voters whether they want to lower the sales tax to 6 cents, and in its place approve a “high earners” income tax.

The tax would be on 4.5 percent on all income over $200,000 for individuals, $300,000 for heads of households, and $400,000 for married couples.

“It’s a question to voters if that’s the direction they would want to go,” Brown said later in the Senate wings.

The Senate was still working on language of the bill, and it was to be posted before the start of a hearing on it later Thursday.

The likelihood of such a measure getting enough votes is uncertain, and Brown acknowledged she hadn’t yet counted votes.

“Just because we’re holding a hearing doesn’t mean that this is a direction for the caucus,” said Senate Ways and Means Vice Chairman Rodney Tom, D-Medina, who is opposed to the measure. “We have a lot of serious issues we need to address now, as far as how we’re going to get our fiscal house in order and get a balance between our revenues and our expenses.”

Lawmakers are working to patch a $2.8 billion budget deficit before the legislative session ends next Thursday.

House and Senate Democrats have both unveiled proposals mixing of cuts and tax increases.

The Senate is pushing for a temporary sales tax increase and an additional $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes, and closing numerous tax exemptions. House Democrats are looking to shrink a long list of tax exemptions and collecting more money from smokers, lawyers, accountants and out-of-state businesses.

House Democrats indicated that introducing such a measure a week before session is to adjourn makes it a long shot.

“It seems fairly unlikely,” said House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam. “But, you know, everybody’s out there trying to figure out a way that will work.”

Republicans questioned whether such a referendum could be passed on a simple majority vote. Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, said that he thinks any change to the tax code would require a constitutional amendment, meaning that two-thirds of the Legislature would have to approve it.

“They’re trying to do the class-warfare thing in their tax debate,” he said. “But constitutionally, it’s not going to work.

Brown has long supported the idea of an income tax on the state’s highest earners, but the idea has not been able to gain traction in past years.

She pointed to the January election in Oregon, where voters approved tax increases on businesses and the wealthy. Measure 66 raised tax rates on individuals who earn more than $125,000 and couples with incomes greater than $250,000. Measure 67 increased business taxes.

“Oregon voters spoke loudly and clearly about their desire to limit the impact of any revenue increase on middle class families, while also protecting the classrooms, financial aid, health care and public safety so essential to their middle class standard of living,” Brown wrote on her blog.

Brown said that under the referendum, the state’s middle class voters could “not only have a the opportunity to protect essential services while asking wealthier citizens to pay their fair share, but the middle class would also have the opportunity to lessen the amount they currently pay.”

Gov. Chris Greogire is “not closed off to the idea, but knows there’s difficulties,” said spokeswoman Karina Shagren.

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