The Current is an online publication from House Republicans to include you in the legislative process. Below you will find current and past editions of The Current.
May 13, 2022: Legislative leaders at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce forum; failures of the 2022 legislative session; the importance of communicating with constituents, including recent House Republican newsletters; The Ledger; and election-year restrictions.
April 8, 2022: Failures of the Democrats in the 2022 legislative session; meeting with the media; House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox on TVW’s The Impact; House Republican bills signed into law; town halls, email updates, newsletters, and more; and election-year restrictions.
March 10, 2022: Storylines of the 2022 legislative session: Attempting to fix problems created in previous legislative sessions, including the long-term care insurance program/payroll tax and policing legislation; missed opportunities, including no meaningful tax relief in the supplemental operating budget and no emergency powers reform; and a lack of bipartisanship on the transportation package. Plus, real solutions from House Republicans.
March 4, 2022: The floor debate on controversial Senate Bill 5078; House Democrats back down from debate on emergency powers reform; supplemental operating budget; Democrats’ transportation proposal; capital gains income tax ruled unconstitutional; Ukraine; and the days ahead.
February 25, 2022: Supplemental operating, transportation and capital budgets; the House Republican SAFE Washington budget framework; the export fuel tax controversy; and environmental solutions.
February 18, 2022: The nine-hour debate on House Bill 1837; house of origin cutoff; a historic budget surplus; state mask mandates continue; and the Democrats’ costly and flawed transportation plan.
February 11, 2022: State mask mandates; the Democratic and House Republican transportation plans; public safety; and Inside Olympia appearances.
February 4, 2022: House Republicans push for meaningful tax relief; the Republican media availability; an update on emergency powers reform; and a look ahead to next week.
January 28, 2022: Democrats retreat on the long-term care insurance program and payroll tax; public safety concerns and the Republican Safe Washington Plan; emergency powers reform (House Bill 1772); and our new House Republican text alerts system.
January 21, 2022: The long-term care insurance program and payroll tax debate – including our bills to repeal and replace the program and our House floor motions/actions on Wednesday.
January 14, 2022: What happened in the first week of the legislative session; the 2022 Session Operations Plan; House Republican priorities; a look ahead to the long-term care insurance program and payroll tax debate; and how to be involved in the legislative process.2021 Editions of The Current
November 1, 2021: Committee assembly days; House COVID-19 Operations Plans; House Republicans call for repeal of the new long-term care insurance program and payroll tax; and changes in the Secretary of State’s Office.
September 24, 2021: The Tax Structure Work Group’s virtual Tax Town Halls across the state; the state revenue forecast; the Democrats’ regressive energy policies; redistricting; the Democrats’ new long-term care insurance tax; and why Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency rule is increasing insurance premiums.
August 27, 2021: Fixing the Democrats’ police reform bills; opposition to vaccine mandates; the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan; and emergency powers reform — including what House Republicans have done and are doing to push back on the governor.
July 30, 2021: Why Democrats’ police reform bills have made communities less safe and a new web page that features related information; the Democrats’ new payroll tax that was created to fund a new state Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (WA Cares Fund); and honoring Sergeant Jeremy Brown of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
June 25, 2021: The work of House Republicans continues this interim; the June revenue forecast and case for tax relief; the state reopening on June 30; the need to end the state of emergency and enact emergency powers reform; and remembering Mark Doumit.
May 28, 2021: Legislative leaders criticize governor’s controversial partial vetoes; House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox calls on L&I to rescind new policy requiring employers to confirm if employees are fully vaccinated; new tax increases passed by Democrats the last three years; House Republican bills signed into law; and ways to learn more about the 2021 legislative session and stay connected this interim.
April 25, 2021: The operating, transportation and capital budgets; income tax on capital gains; cap-and-tax; low-carbon fuel standard; and the 2021 legislative session comes to an end.
April 16, 2021: Emergency powers reform and editorial board support for the Republican position; updates on state budgets, income tax on capital gains, Senate transportation tax package, low-carbon fuel standard, and cap-and-tax; and headlines from the week.
April 9, 2021: House Democrats’ 2021-23 operating budget legislation; emergency powers reform; transportation tax packages; and what to expect next week.
April 2, 2021: Operating, transportation and capital budgets; the open-carry bill and debate; and what to watch for on a “grand bargain” involving a transportation revenue package and the governor’s climate change agenda.
March 26, 2021: State budgets; the income tax on capital gains; new guidance for social distancing in schools; real solutions for the Blake decision; and House Republican freshmen.
March 19, 2021: State revenue forecast; the case for tax relief and against tax increases; safely reopening schools; House floor debate highlights; and major issues ahead.
March 12, 2021: Senate Democrats pass an income tax on capital gains (Senate Bill 5096); the governor’s Phase 3 and K-12 education emergency proclamation announcements; reforming the governor’s emergency powers; providing tax relief to working families; and good House Republican bills that passed.
March 5, 2021: Republican Open Safe, Open Now plan; recent floor action, including House Republican opposition to House Bill 1091 (low-carbon fuel standard mandate), House Bill 1054 (police tactics and equipment) and House Bill 1078 (felon voting rights); and a response to the Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down our state’s felony drug possession law.
February 26, 2021: A long week of House floor action, still no Phase 3, safely reopening businesses and schools, a surprising Washington Supreme Court ruling, and two upcoming House floor debates.
February 19, 2021: The House Republican operating budget proposal, why new tax increases are not necessary, and bad bills.
February 12, 2021: An upcoming House Republican operating budget proposal, the fight against new tax increases, holding the governor and state government accountable, the media’s watchdog role, and re-opening the Capitol campus.
February 5, 2021: A massive data breach in the State Auditor’s Office, the Democrats’ limited approach to COVID-19 relief, growing bipartisan opposition to the governor’s reopening plan, and House Republican opinion pieces.
January 29, 2021: Republican and Democratic relief packages, the Democrats’ competing transportation proposals, the low-carbon fuel standard mandate, House Republican news, and real solutions.
January 22, 2021: Real solutions, including the REAL Recovery for Washington Act; Washington House Democrats propose massive gas and carbon tax; Washington State Redistricting Commission appointments; and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox on Inside Olympia with Austin Jenkins.
January 15, 2021: Opening-day ceremonies; the governor’s inaugural address and the Republican response; real solutions from Republicans; the importance of transparency; and how you can be involved in the remote 2021 legislative session.
April 24, 2020: Good news/bad news; Washington’s Recovery Plan; Western States Pact; Safe Economic Restart Plan; unemployment assistance; employers; construction update; and information and resources.
March 20, 2020: Coronavirus response, information and resources; and bipartisanship in the time of crisis.
March 13, 2020: Coronavirus; the governor’s statewide closure of all K-12 schools; supplemental operating, transportation and capital budgets; Sine Die TVW interviews; saying goodbye to two members; and the end of the 2020 legislative session.
March 6, 2020: Supplemental budgets, novel coronavirus, comprehensive sexual health education, low-carbon fuel standard, bills still in play, Rep. Andrew Barkis on Inside Olympia, Rep. Norma Smith on her next steps, and Rep. J.T. Wilcox in The Seattle Times.
February 28, 2020: The House supplemental operating and transportation budgets, House Republican alternative budget solutions and tax-relief proposals, a call to action on House Bill 2946, Republicans in the news, and five things to watch for.
February 21, 2020: House Republicans propose $1 billion in tax relief for working families; the $2.4 billion budget surplus; the upcoming budget debate; bad bills passed by House Democrats; and the overwhelming opposition to Senate Bill 5395 (comprehensive sexual health education).
February 14, 2020: A preview of upcoming House floor debates; the I-976 court ruling; $30 car tabs; comprehensive sex education; House Republican bills; the Rally for Religious Freedom; and our legislative priority of accountability.
February 7, 2020: Democrats raise B&O tax rate on more businesses; low-carbon fuel standard meets resistance in the Senate; Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber discusses criminal justice on Inside Olympia; Rep. Richard DeBolt announces his retirement; and our Republican media avail.
January 31, 2020: House Democrats pass costly fuel mandate; rental property rights; affordable housing; and our legislative priority of affordability.
January 24, 2020: House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox on TVW’s Inside Olympia; caucus priorities; The Ledger; transportation solutions; supporting our law enforcement professionals; and March for Life.
January 17, 2020: Opening-day ceremonies, the Republican response to the governor’s State of the State address, Republican legislative priorities, and the new Washington State Ledger.
October 11, 2019: Planning for the 2020 legislative session, the problems with one-party control of Olympia, preventing new taxes on your income, addressing the challenges facing employers, and holding government accountable.
September 9, 2019: House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox shares his perspectives from travels across the state this interim, Committee Assembly Days, the Legislature sues the governor over vetoes, helping victims of domestic violence, Republican op-eds, and recent headlines.
August 9, 2019: Democrats elect Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma as Speaker of the House, the push for new taxes on income, incentivized housing solutions, King County continues to pollute Puget Sound, recent headlines, and House and Senate Republican news.
July 8, 2019: Analysis of the 2019 legislative session, editorial boards criticize Democrats, balanced solutions for affordable housing, legislation to end title-only bills, and House Republican bills signed into law.
May 14, 2019: The 2019 legislative session review, including the 2019-21 operating budget, a lack of transparency, title-only bills, new tax increases, other harmful policies, bad bills stopped, Speaker Chopp’s resignation, and some bipartisan successes.
April 26, 2019: Democrats finally agree on an operating budget and new tax increases, more House Republican bills are signed into law, a contrast in approaches for clean energy, and House Democrats set a date to choose a new Speaker.
April 19, 2019: Democrats pass $4.5 billion in new tax increases out of the House Finance Committee, Senate bills that appear dead in the House, bipartisan accomplishments, and successful House Republican bills.
April 12, 2019: The dynamics of the budget debate, an unsettling time for taxpayers, why a new capital gains income tax and graduated real estate excise tax are bad ideas, and Democrats are divided on a consumer data bill.
April 5, 2019: Democrats divided, how energized stakeholders are making a difference, Republican amendments to the House operating budget, House Republicans bills in the Senate, and the bipartisan House capital budget.
March 29, 2019: House Democrats pass their $53 billion operating budget, which relies on $4.2 billion in new tax increases. Plus, the bipartisan House transportation budget.
March 22, 2019: Revenue forecast reveals that state lawmakers will have $50.6 billion for the 2019-21 budget cycle, yet Democrats double-down on their promise for new taxes.
March 15, 2019: House of origin cutoff, floor debates on bad bills, more House Republican bills pass, editorial boards criticize Democratic proposals, and town hall meetings.
March 8, 2019: Good House Republican bills, the bad presidential primary election bill and long hours on the House floor.
March 1, 2019: Fiscal committee cutoff; bad bills; and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox looks ahead to floor action next week.
Feb. 22, 2019: Policy committee cutoff, the push for a regressive low carbon fuel standard, and a big step toward a government-run health care system.
Feb. 15, 2019: Bad bills that would hurt workers and jobs, our video in support of breast cancer awareness and Sen. Lynda Wilson, members in the news, and a look at the week ahead in the House.
Feb. 8, 2019: Our continued defense of the self-employed and small business, preventing new taxes on income, and protecting Second Amendment rights.
Feb. 1, 2019: At attack on the self-employed, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker’s efforts to help the most vulnerable in our society, and Sen. John Braun’s bipartisan proposal to increase community mental health capacity.
Jan. 25, 2019: Rep. Richard DeBolt’s Carbon Free Washington Act, Rep. Andrew Barkis’ legislation to prevent evictions, the March for Life, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox’s interview with Austin Jenkins on TVW.
Jan. 18, 2019: House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox previews the 2019 legislative session, the Republican perspective on the governor’s State of the State address, and storylines for the upcoming months.
March 2, 2018: State supplemental budgets, the veto of the Legislative Public Records Act, the floor debate on controversial Senate Bill 6199, and Rep. Joe Schmick on our Leadership Podcast.
Feb. 23, 2018: The House Democrats’ supplemental operating budget and capital gains income tax, constituent stories, seven things to watch for in the homestretch of the legislative session, and Rep. Drew Stokesbary on our Leadership Podcast.
Feb. 16, 2018: The state revenue forecast, Republican proposals for property-tax relief, town hall meetings, broadband for rural and coastal communities, protecting education investments and reforms, and Rep. Joyce McDonald on our Leadership Podcast.
Feb. 9, 2018: Reducing carbon emissions without adding tax burdens, addressing our state’s opioid crisis, House Republican solutions in the news, and Rep. Joel Kretz on our Leadership Podcast.
Feb. 2, 2018: Preventing an income tax, creating tax parity for manufacturing, holding Sound Transit accountable, policy committee cutoff, and Rep. J.T. Wilcox on our Leadership Podcast.
Jan. 26, 2018: A Plan for Statewide Prosperity, March for Life, Rep. Matt Shea on our Leadership Podcast, providing meaningful car-tab relief and preventing school violence and bullying.
Jan. 19, 2018: A permanent Hirst solution and the capital budget are signed into law, House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen on Inside Olympia, and Rep. Joyce McDonald joins the House Republican Leadership team.
Jan. 12, 2018: The governor’s state of the state address and the Republican response, media events, Rep. Carolyn Eslick, and eight things to watch for in the 2018 session.
April 23, 2017: A look back on the accomplishments of the 2017 regular legislative session, including Republican bills, and a look ahead to the priorities of the special session.
April 14, 2017: Sound Transit 3 car-tab debate reaches the House floor, our education-funding principles, and the transportation and capital budgets.
April 7, 2017: Hirst, Sound Transit 3, Bertha cost overruns, our weekly meeting with reporters, honoring the Navy and National Guard, and House Democrats refuse to vote on their $8 billion tax package.
March 31, 2017: House Democrats’ state spending plan and tax package, the problems with a capital gains income tax, top stories from the week, and freshman Rep. Mike Volz.
March 24, 2017: The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus passes a pro-education operating budget, the Sound Transit 3 controversy intensifies and eight bills to watch.
March 17, 2017: Sound Transit 3 problems and solutions, solutions for wildfire prevention and response, and the state revenue forecast provides good news for budget writers.
March 10, 2017: Accountability for Seattle’s environmental catastrophe, reforming Sound Transit, news releases on our bills, and a profile on Rep. John Koster.
March 3, 2017: Solutions for rural economic development, problems with Sound Transit 3, our podcasts, and an introduction to freshman Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber.
Feb. 24, 2017: The debate on the House Democrats’ unfunded education bill, honoring Gina Grant Bull, our ‘Dead or Alive’ bill list, and a profile on freshman Rep. Mike Steele.
Feb. 17, 2017: Democrats now have two different education-funding bills, prohibiting a state income tax, fixing the Hirst problem, and a profile on Rep. Paul Graves.
Feb. 10, 2017: House Democrats pass their education bill out of committee without a plan to fund it, Rep. Vicki Kraft sponsors equal pay legislation, promoting tourism, and our new website.
Feb. 3, 2017: The Senate passes a comprehensive education-funding plan, Democrats admit they underfunded education, changes in our caucus, and freshman Rep. Bill Jenkin.
Jan. 27, 2017: Our Fund Education First solution, the SMCC’s Education Equality Act, pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, and freshman Rep. Morgan Irwin.
Jan. 20, 2017: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rep. J.T. Wilcox on Inside Olympia, committee presentations, and a solution for the school siting problem.
Jan. 13, 2017: Recent media forums, week one of the legislative session, and Rep. Gina McCabe delivers the Republican response to the governor’s State of the State address.
March 11, 2016: The special session, supplemental operating budget, governor’s vetoes, session successes, and public charter schools.
March 4, 2016: Supplemental budgets, the operating budget universe, K-12 education, the economy, and the latest on the DOC early-release scandal.
Feb. 26, 2016: Supplemental budgets, charter schools, Navy Day, and Latino Legislative Day.
Feb. 19, 2016: Addressing our state’s teacher shortage, the state revenue forecast, results from our Twitter town hall and welcoming Rep. Andrew Barkis to the Washington State House of Representatives.
Feb. 12, 2016: Protecting taxpayers, holding state government accountable and addressing wildfires.
Feb. 5, 2016: Recognizing the Washington National Guard, helping veterans and safeguarding neighborhoods.
Jan. 29, 2016: House floor action, higher education costs and allowing voices to be heard in the legislative process.
Jan. 22, 2016: Public charter schools, I-405 tolling controversy and more.
Jan. 15, 2016: Our response to the governor’s state of the state address, Teri Hickel joins our team and more.
April 24, 2015: Regular session adjourns, special session begins April 29, teachers strike and more.
April 17, 2015: Our balanced proposal on oil trains, budget negotiations, Troy Kelley indicted, House Democrats propose gas tax, learn more about Rep. Bob McCaslin and more.
April 10, 2015: Budget updates, finishing the session on time, watch Rep. Matt Manweller discuss taxes, transportation budget without our amendments to improve accountability and efficiency and more.
April 3, 2015: The governor’s cap and trade bill dies, Senate Majority releases its budget proposal, our vote against the House Democrat budget and more.
March 27, 2015: Summary of the House Democrat budget and tax increase proposals, $39 million for at-risk students blocked, the facts on tax incentives, Democrat Auditor Troy Kelley’s ongoing investigation and more.
March 20, 2015: Budget proposal expected, remembering the Oso landslide, meet Rep. Mark Harmsworth, drought emergency and more.
March 13, 2015: What survived cutoff, unemployment rises, town hall weekend, more about Rep. Tom Dent, freshmen on TVW, good House Republican bills moving forward, and more.
March 6, 2015: House floor cutoff, transportation tax package survey, minimum wage bill passes House, learn about Rep. Luanne Van Werven, and more.
Feb. 27, 2015: Dead or alive bill list, West Coast port agreement, updated revenue forecast, meet Rep. Dan Griffey, and more.
Feb. 20, 2015: Policy cutoff, meet Rep. Gina McCabe, Senate transportation package, the Oregon green energy scandal, and more.
Feb. 13, 2015: We explain why cap-and-trade would hurt families and jobs, the governor’s capital gains (income) tax, the port slowdown, and more.
Feb. 6, 2015: Governor’s fuel mandate, learn about Rep. Lynda Wilson, new energy solutions from the Senate, and more.
Jan. 30, 2015: House passes 2013-15 supplemental operating budget, Joel’s Law passes unanimously, transportation projects and solutions, honoring the National Guard, and more.
Jan. 23, 2015: Response to the governor’s budget proposal, “cap and jail,” an update on transportation, and more.
Jan. 16, 2015: About our new members, our response to the governor’s State of the State, fund education first, and more.
March 14, 2014: The end of the 2014 session; successful bills sponsored by Washington House Republicans; details on the three supplemental budgets; a farewell to old friends; and more.
March 7, 2014: House supplemental operating budget passes with bipartisan opposition; a new “testimony” from Shelby the hero-dog from last year’s hearing on protecting livestock; a common-sense gun bill headed to governor’s desk; and more.
Feb. 28, 2014: A bipartisan school construction plan; doubling-down on Obamacare; budget proposals released; transportation failures and tax proposals; families speak against suspending death penalty; and more.
Feb. 21, 2014: House floor cutoff; watch TVW interviews with our members; contrasting economic proposals; American hero visits the Capitol; town hall weekend; implementing I-502 and more.
Feb. 14, 2014: Governor’s suspension of death penalty; transportation tax package from Senate Majority Coalition; low-carbon fuel standards; Latino Legislative Day and more.
Feb. 7, 2014: Dead or alive bill list, Senate Majority Coalition attempts to put two-thirds requirement for tax measure before voters for constitutional change, solutions to Obamacare headaches and more.
Jan. 31, 2014: Our solutions for #JobsNow!, Governor Inslee’s tax proposals, minimum wage, meet the new members and more.
Jan. 24, 2014: Potential low carbon fuel standard, welcoming new members, celebrations and rallies and more.
Jan. 17, 2014: Opening week of session, our successful Twitter town hall, Obamacare problems in Washington, new members named.
Oct. 18, 2013: Take our survey on the transportation revenue package, Rep. Chandler named ranking Republican on House Appropriations Committee, operating budget surplus, Rep. Scott shares her personal story.
Sept. 13, 2013: Back to school highlights, transportation revenue discussion hits the road, Health Benefit Exchange opens Oct. 1, Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup.
August 9, 2013: Legislative Scholar Program for teachers, Reps. Kochmar and DeBolt receive new legislative assignments, evolution of tax proposals, expanding ATV access, visiting newspaper offices and the freshmen spotlight on Dick Muri.
June 12, 2013: The tale of tax increases, Skagit River Bridge update, honoring Trooper Sean O’Connell, gun control initiative, the life and legacy Sen. Mike Carrell.
May 31, 2013: The passing of Sen. Mike Carrell, voting on one bill (estate tax), the list of businesses impacted by House Bill 2038, I-5 bridge collapse, public support for taxes, National Teacher and Principals of the Year from Washington.
May 13, 2013: Special session goals, Washington’s unemployment ranking, YMCA Youth and Government, Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Ceremony, and the freshman spotlight on Brad Hawkins.
April 28, 2013: Letter from our new leader, governor’s tax promises, bill signings and House Democrats increase taxes by $879 million.
April 19, 2013: Rep. DeBolt steps down as leader, operating and transportation tax packages heard, transportation budget negotiations begin, and the freshman spotlight on Liz Pike.
April 12, 2013: House Democrat’s budget and tax package, the state’s retirement system, legislative perspectives forum, and the freshman spotlight on Dave Hayes.
April 5, 2013: Senate majority coalition’s no-new-taxes operating and transportation budgets, the debate about tax incentives, and Washington’s ranking in economic factors.
March 29, 2013: The governor’s budget proposal, Senate bills stalling in the House, agriculture update, and interviews on Comcast Newsmakers.
March 22, 2013: Revenue forecast, balancing the state budget, pictures worth a thousand words, and the freshman spotlight on Linda Kochmar.
March 15, 2013: Our Fund Education First budget, the week ahead, and the freshman spotlight on Elizabet Scott.
March 8, 2013: Our transportation reforms, a jobs-economy update, and the freshman spotlight on Drew MacEwen.
March 1, 2013: Supreme Court overturns two-thirds tax requirement, transportation gas taxes, and our recent opinion editorials.
Feb. 22, 2013: Read about our jobs plan, celebrating Children’s Day, and the freshman spotlight on Brandon Vick.
Feb. 15, 2013: Honoring the National Guard, tax increase proposals, and the freshman spotlight on Steve O’Ban.
Feb. 8, 2013: Education outcomes, highlights from our rules debate, and the freshman spotlight on Jeff Holy.
Feb. 1, 2013: Amending House rules, accountability for the ferry system and legislative priorities.
Jan. 21, 2013 : Opening ceremonies, Republican perspective to Inslee’s inaugural address, and the freshman spotlight on Matt Manweller.
Jan. 25, 2013 : Honoring Dr. King, implementing I-502, and the freshman spotlight on Chad Magendanz.