April 23, 2021

Sen. Jeff Wilson joins Senate Freedom Caucus

To promote responsible spending, economic growth, free-market solutions OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, is joining the Senate Freedom Caucus, the cadre of Washington senators focused on issues of individual liberties, economic growth and restrained, responsible government. “If ever there was a need for a Senate Freedom Caucus, the time...
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April 20, 2021

Wilson calls for hearings on billion-dollar unemployment fraud, governor’s emergency powers

Up to $1.1 billion lost by state agency due to fraud, auditor’s report says OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, is calling for legislative hearings on a possible $1.1 billion fraud loss at the state Department of Employment Security, as well as on the governor’s emergency powers. Wilson, ranking Republican...
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April 13, 2021

State audit confirms massive dysfunction at Employment Security Department, Wilson says

OLYMPIA – A new state performance audit says fraud losses at the Department of Employment Security could be nearly twice as big as previously reported, and Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, says it confirms suspicions of widespread dysfunction in Washington’s unemployment-insurance agency. “We’ve been saying for months that Employment Security was...
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April 12, 2021

Cowlitz rollback: Governor ‘just doesn’t get it,’ Wilson says

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reimpose COVID restrictions in Cowlitz County and two other Washington counties will create hardship and frustration in a region of high unemployment, warns Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. “The governor just doesn’t get it,” Wilson said. “Orders from on high are meaningless without the...
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April 09, 2021

Higher fuel prices would slam state’s struggling regions, Wilson says

More expensive fuel a top priority for legislative Democrats – measures OK’d Thursday by Senate Dems would cost 55 cents a gallon by 2028 To see floor speech, click here. OLYMPIA – Measures passed by Senate Democrats Thursday night would force dramatic increases in fuel costs across the state and...
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April 01, 2021

Senate Democrats’ budget slams middle class, with worse to come, Wilson says

OLYMPIA – A $59 billion budget passed Thursday by the Washington Senate slams middle-class working families, and the worst is still to come, says Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. Majority Democrats passed their budget bill, Senate Bill 5092, on a caucus-line vote, 27-22. All members of the Senate Republican Caucus were...
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March 25, 2021

Justice ignored as Senate passes bill giving felons the vote, Wilson says

‘Bill should be paid in full’ before offenders are restored to full citizenship To see Senate floor speech, click here. OLYMPIA – A bill giving convicted felons the right to vote before they have completed their sentences scorns crime victims and rejects the notion of justice, says Sen. Jeff Wilson,...
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March 17, 2021

Unexpected $3.3 billion rebound in state tax collections ought to spike Democrats’ income-tax drive, Wilson says

State revenue forecast proves Washington’s tax system isn’t broken OLYMPIA – An enormous rebound in the state’s tax collections ought to end efforts by legislative Democrats to force an income tax on the people of Washington, says state Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview. “It’s raining money,” Wilson said. “Our tax system...
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March 08, 2021

Wilson says ‘starter income tax’ passed by Senate Dems would grow and grow

Cites experience of other states, statements of prominent Democratic governors To see video of floor speech, click here. OLYMPIA – A starter income tax approved by Senate Democrats Saturday will lead to enormous financial problems, and a big, broad income tax on all the state’s taxpayers won’t be far behind,...
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