Making things a little more affordable.
Poor decisions resulted
in a higher cost of living
What our Representatives do in Olympia affects us in a very real way here in Whatcom County. When poor decisions are made in the Legislature, all of us in Whatcom County suffer. When they take more of our money in taxes and fees, and when government goes into debt to spend money, it results in inflation and less money to eat at our favorite restaurants, to buy clothes at locally owned stores, less money for everything from gas to groceries.
A bipartisan Congressional Committee reports that the cost of inflation is costing the average household $635 each month.
Increased crime increases costs us as well
The rising rate of crime in Whatcom County affects our pocketbooks in so many ways. Bellingham break-ins mean businesses are stuck with replacing inventory, repairing damage and finding expensive security solutions. When a business faces increased costs from crime, prices to customers go up.
Fill ‘er up – if you can.
Remember when it used to cost $40-$50 to fill up your a vehicle with gasoline? Now it costs $80-$150 and the future doesn’t look good. The state’s new tax on CO2 emissions that was passed by Democratic legislators is projected to add 46 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas. That's an additional $10 every time you fill up the average car. Of course they delayed the implementation of this tax until after the election so it wouldn't harm their re-election.
Besides the direct cost to you, higher transportation costs mean you will pay more for just about everything shipped into Whatcom County by trucks and trains.
Pay the state now – just don’t count on benefits later...
The state’s long-term-care program passed by Democrats is supposed to be fueled by a payroll tax starting in July 2023. According to the Washington Policy Center, “Many people will not benefit after years of paying 58 cents for every $100 they make. The payroll tax is especially cruel to low-income workers who need their wages going to bills they have today, not bills that they might not have someday.”
The benefits of this payroll tax caps out at $36,000 in lifetime benefits, and that will only provide care for a few months, not "long term" as advertised. It's a disaster that takes money from workers' paychecks with very little promise of any benefit.
They passed an income tax, and it will affect you.
Democrats passed an income tax on "capital gains" income. This hasn't gone into effect yet because of lawsuits, but they are already trying to lower the threshold so they aren't just taxing the wealthy, but the average family.
When we return the same people to Olympia, we get the same results – higher costs. If you want a change in how the state spends your money, vote for Tawsha Dykstra Thompson on Nov. 8.
With a $15 billion budget surplus this year, and another $1.5 billion projected next year, we CAN give working families a break.
Here are a few simple steps that would help people out immediately.
Create a gas tax holiday
Tawsha supports a gas tax holiday and will fight to roll back the 46 cents/gallon tax legislation that was just passed by Democrats this year. We need to provide relief for those families and communities getting hit hardest by record high inflation and make sure that they are not priced out of essentials, fuel and food.
Cut sales tax
Washington’s tax revenue growth has outpaced the nation since 2015 and our tax revenue has grown almost 40% since 2008, while the nation-wide average was only 15%. Other states across the country enacted tax cuts in response to strong growth post COVID, while Washington raised taxes instead. With a balanced budget, over $15 billion in surplus, we need to provide real relief to real people. Every tenth of a percentage point cut from our sales tax will provide about $300 million in tax relief for everyday people and still leave billions left over in state revenue to fully fund our schools and social services.
Property tax cuts or exemptions
There was a bill (SB5463) proposed in the Legislature this year which would have exempted the first $250,000 of assessed property value from property taxes, but the Democrats didn’t allow a vote on a bill that would provide real, substantial relief for homeowners. This would have provided substantial relief, especially in a post COVID, record high inflation world.
Get crime under control
The rising rate of crime in Whatcom County affects our pocketbooks in so many ways. Break-ins, property crimes, and car theft all have real impacts on how we choose to spend our money. Missed work, low or no inventory, and always having to replace broken or damaged property means that we are taking resources away from other things we should be spending our money on. We need to hold criminals accountable and make sure the victims get the justice they deserve. Read more about Tawsha's plan to combat crime here.
With Tawsha as our Representative, she will work tirelessly to make sure you end up with more of your hard-earned money in your pocket, not in Olympia. Tawsha wants to make our state government more responsive, nimble and efficient. She will look for ways to reduce spending and provide relief. This is what the future will look like with Tawsha in Olympia.