Bipartisan support for income tax ban amendment?
Although the 2017 Legislative Session is already breaking records for discord and contentiousness there is at least one surprise issue of growing agreement: Washington should not have an income tax. Consider the comments last week from Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson to TVW: “The voters defeated that several years ago (an income tax). We heard that loud and clear. We are not in favor of an income tax as a caucus.” Senator Nelson is right about the consistent and overwhelming rejection by voters of an income tax with proposals creating one failing the last 9 times they've been on the ballot. In fact, a local income tax proposal in Olympia was just rejected in November - the first time in two decades a tax increase has failed in the city.Read the entire blog
President Trump Signs Executive Order to Begin Dismantling Obamacare
Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Trump signed an executive order that begins the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Supporters of the law contend that only Congress can amend or repeal the ACA. This belief overlooks the fact that the 2,700 page, strictly partisan law, states 1,300 times that the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) can change the ACA unilaterally. In other words, the architects of Obamacare gave the executive branch broad power to amend the ACA.Read the entire blog