September 23, 2019
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Republicans line up for State Senate seat in 10th Legislative District

Six people have expressed interest in serving the State Senate in the 10th Legislative District, The Skagit Valley Herald reports.

Local Republicans have scheduled a meeting for Oct. 3 to nominate three candidates to replace State Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor. Bailey is retiring effective Sept. 30 to spend more time with her family.

The six people expressing interest in the position include:

  • James Golder, a precinct committee officer from Island County
  • Ron Muzzall, managing partner of 3 Sisters Family Farm on Whidbey Island
  • Christine Cribb of Oak Harbor, executive director of the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce
  • Sara Hyatt of Snohomish County, president of Hyatt Development
  • Damian Greene of Island County, a member of the South Whidbey School Board
  • Steve Bristow of Oak Harbor, who once served as president of the Navy League of the United States, Oak Harbor Area Council

The district includes Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties. The three county governing boards are scheduled to meet Oct. 18 to appoint a replacement to the seat, the Herald reports.

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Arguments Against a State Income Tax

An income tax is not in our best interest

By Washington Treasurer Duane Davidson

Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

The historically unpopular notion of introducing an income tax is not exactly new to Washington, yet it has seen growing interest from income tax supporters in big city government and from certain state lawmakers who would pass income tax legislation if given the opportunity.

As Washington State Treasurer, four-term Benton County Treasurer, and licensed CPA for over 25 years, I have cultivated an automatic sense of duty to advocate for fiscal responsibility. When I see such disregard for taxpayers, my obligation is to stand up for what is right on their behalf.

Many of the legislature's self-induced financial woes have readily available remedies that do not involve raising taxes or adding an income tax, making it apparent to me that as a state we have some serious financial issues within our legislative practices we need to start addressing...

Taxing income would weaken Washington's thriving economy and reduce our capacity to compete for business. We need to agree on improving our habits and reigning in state debt before considering the addition of new taxes. An income tax is not in our best interest.

Read the full guest column in The Tri-City Herald