October 26, 2021

Letter to the governor – vaccine mandate for private businesses

Challenge of WSR 21-21-074
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October 20, 2021

Vaccine mandate creates more problems for public safety and Department of Corrections, says Wagoner

Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will only create a greater public safety risk, says Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley. The mandate, which took effect Oct. 18, requires all employees in agencies under the governor’s control to receive vaccinations for COVID-19 or be terminated from their jobs. Wagoner noted that the...
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October 18, 2021

Inslee’s vaccine mandate is blackmail for Washington state workers, says Wagoner

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, issued the following statement addressing the COVID vaccine deadline. “Governor Jay Inslee’s mandate has removed the choice for hundreds of thousands of people to decide for themselves whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To make matters worse, these individuals are now in fear of losing their...
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October 15, 2021

Let your voice be heard! Weigh in on insurance premiums

Dear Neighbor, Earlier this year, the state Office of Insurance Commissioner (OIC) issued an emergency rule prohibiting the use of credit scores in determining insurance premiums. I have heard from many of you who have or will soon be seeing significant increases in your insurance premiums because of this ruling....
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October 01, 2021

Alert! Long-term care payroll tax exemption now available

Dear Neighbor, Some of you may remember receiving a newsletter from me earlier this summer regarding the newly formed WA CARES Fund and the payroll tax that comes with it. For more information on this new program, I invite you to read my previous newsletter here. As a follow-up, I want...
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September 15, 2021

Senate report sounds alarm about effort to empty prisons, return felons to the street

Read full report here With goal of ‘reducing incarceration,’ governor and Legislature create new public safety risks As if new restrictions on law enforcement weren’t enough, an effort by Washington lawmakers to empty prison cells and return convicted felons to the street is creating new public safety risks across the...
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June 04, 2021

Alert! Long-term care payroll tax coming soon

Dear Neighbor, I have recently heard from some of you regarding the payroll tax to fund long-term care that will be implemented next year. I know many of you have questions and concerns regarding this new tax so I wanted to provide you with information based on some of the...
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May 04, 2021

Legislature fails to curb governor’s emergency powers during 2021 session

Dear Neighbor, Finally! The 2021 legislative session has come to an end. While there were some positive outcomes during this mostly virtual session – the poor policies that made it to the governor’s desk far outweigh the good things we achieved. We completed the 105-day session only after enacting record...
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May 03, 2021

Sen. Keith Wagoner shares his thoughts on the governor’s emergency powers

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