Taxes & Cost of Living

Rally: Demand Democrat legislators stop delaying democracy on voter initiatives

Rally: Demand Democrat legislators stop delaying democracy on voter initiatives

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, January 31, 2024, at 3:30PM WHERE: CAPITOL STEPS, North/Supreme Court Side WHO:   Undivided Host Brandi Kruse and WA GOP Chair Jim Walsh will be featured speakers, joining Future 42 and grassroots activists from the Steelhead Alliance WHY: Our state’s Democratic lawmakers are failing to uphold constitutional mandates by obstructing the consideration of voter-backed...

Washington Democrats delaying democracy on voter initiatives

Washington Democrats delaying democracy on voter initiatives

The Washington Constitution is clear: State lawmakers must prioritize ballot initiatives championed by voters. But Democratic state lawmakers are refusing to play by the rules. Not one of the three certified initiatives before the legislature has been granted a hearing.

[un]Divided: Public-private effort to end homelessness implodes

[un]Divided: Public-private effort to end homelessness implodes

Some of Washington state’s wealthiest companies stepped up to help fund a new effort to end homelessness. The only problem? Unlike agencies that spend taxpayer funds, businesses weren’t willing to watch their money be mismanaged. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

You can help repeal the payroll tax that is costing Washingtonians

You can help repeal the payroll tax that is costing Washingtonians

Last summer, Washingtonians were hit with a new payroll tax that left employees with no option but to have money taken out of their paychecks. This new tax will supposedly cover a deeply unpopular long-term care program that is unlikely to provide the care it is supposed to subsidize. Now, the state is taking 58...

[un]Divided: Trail of lies, concealment around high gas prices

[un]Divided: Trail of lies, concealment around high gas prices

A whistleblower claims he resigned from his job with the state rather than lie about the impact Governor Jay Inslee’s carbon tax would have on gas prices. On the unDivided Podcast, Brandi Kruse argues that there is mounting evidence of government misconduct around implementation of the climate program.

By Brandi Kruse

Former WSDOT economist accuses state leaders of retaliation for refusing to lie about gas prices

Former WSDOT economist accuses state leaders of retaliation for refusing to lie about gas prices

We’ve been talking about the problems with Washington’s cap-and-trade program for months and it’s impact on gas prices. Now, former state economist Scott Smith — the person primarily responsible for forecasting gas prices for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) — is speaking out. When his analysis caused him to believe prices would significantly...

You can help repeal Washington’s capital gains tax

You can help repeal Washington’s capital gains tax

In Washington state, some politicians are trying to weaken a key protection for every taxpayer. But voters now have a window of opportunity to stop them in their tracks. Here’s how their scheme works – and simple steps voters can take to protect Washington family businesses. How lawmakers skirted Washington’s taxpayer protections The Washington Constitution...

State leaders are hiding the truth on climate policy

State leaders are hiding the truth on climate policy

Here in Washington, the are some major themes we see over and over again with our climate policy. One is that it’s extremely expensive. Another is that we keep failing to meet our goals. And, finally, there is a distinct lack of transparency and accountability among our state’s leaders like Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney...

[un]Divided: Jeff Bezos’ move to Florida should be a wake-up call for state lawmakers

[un]Divided: Jeff Bezos’ move to Florida should be a wake-up call for state lawmakers

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced he will leave Seattle for Miami, dealing a blow to Washington state lawmakers who hoped Bezos would be handing over billions in new revenue through a tax on capital gains. Rather than act surprised that Bezos is leaving the state where he built his business, Democrats in Olympia should see it as a learning...

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: Seattle voters asked to triple housing levy

[un]Divided: Seattle voters asked to triple housing levy

In Tuesday’s election, Seattle voters will weigh Proposition 1. It would replace an expiring levy to help pay for more affordable housing. On the unDivided Podcast, Brandi Kruse questions why the city isn’t instead focused on the root cause of homelessness.

WSJ: Washington state’s new capital-gains tax falls afoul of federal law

WSJ: Washington state’s new capital-gains tax falls afoul of federal law

In Washington state, there’s been a controversial move regarding taxation.  The state constitution caps income tax at 1%. However, aiming to circumvent this restriction, the Democratic leadership, including Gov. Jay Inslee, introduced a 7% tax on capital gains over $250,000 from specific asset sales, even those out of state.  Rather than labeling it as an...

Analysis: Initiatives 1 & 2 on Bellingham voters’ ballots

Analysis: Initiatives 1 & 2 on Bellingham voters’ ballots

If you are a Bellingham resident, Initiatives 1 and 2 will be on your ballot this year (ballots are hitting mailboxes this week). Unsure how you will vote? We’re here to help! Analysts at Washington Policy Center have written detailed reports, as well as producing key findings, on both initiatives. (Click here for the full report and...