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Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. Stronger Washington.
The 20th District includes South Thurston County, virtually all of Lewis County, East Cowlitz County, and the City of Woodland in Clark County. To say the least, the 20th District is filled with amazing history and traditions and has a lot of economic potential if we create the right economic atmosphere. Together, let’s get Washington working again for our families and our businesses.
Issues Important to Our Community
How can we make it better?
Reducing the Tax Burden
According to Article VII of the Washington’s Constitution, “all taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected for public purposes only.” The State Supreme Court and the voters have repeatedly rejected the notion that an income tax is constitution in the Sate of Washington. I agree- an income tax is not constitutional . .
Supporting Small Businesses
The state Business and Occupation Tax (B&O) tax is a gross receipts tax, meaning businesses are taxed on the value of products, gross proceeds of sale, or gross income of the business. As a business owner, this regressive tax means government gets paid before employees or the small business’ bills are paid; there are no deductions from the B&O tax for labor, materials, taxes, or other costs of doing business. I do not support the expansion or increase of the B & O tax.
Families must be strengthen by encouraging communication and involvement, and providing them with the tools necessary for success. Statistics have proven over and over that strong families give children a better chance at success. Instead of encouraging strong families and empowering parents, Olympia wants to take that sacred responsibility away.
As a husband and father, I will fight for families first and keep government out of the parenting business.